Ethnic Groups Advocate Return of Regional Government

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Participants at one day Symposium have called for renegotiation of the nation’s government structure to make it more functional and closer to the people.

They made the call while speaking at the symposium organised by The Rebirth Group, TRG, a socio-cultural organisation.

The Symposium with the theme: Nigeria – from Founding Fathers to the Prodigal Sons and Daughters; the Challenges of Nation Building and Development had as participants representatives of organised ethnic groups, civil society organisations, professional bodies, academia, religious and traditional rulers to deliberate on factors hindering the actualisation of the dreams and visions of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

Participants took turn to enumerate the landmark achievements of the past political heroes and the prevailing challenges which had caused the present day dwindling fortune with a view to forming workable and lasting solutions to them.

Nigeria’s Former Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Yemi Farounbi, in an address, who relayed his experience as Nigeria’s representative outside the country, said he was treated specially because of the population and economic strength of the country on the continent and the world

He advocated restructuring of the federal system of government where state governments would have more authorities to handle issues of security, management of mineral Resources and infrastructural development in their domains

In a keynote address, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, John Ayoade, who said the problem of Nigeria was foundational, explained that the country as a federal republic was yet to assume its full status due to over bearing power of the presidency which had given rise to fighting, scheming, resources deprivation and misinterpretation of rotational presidency.

Contributing, Deputy Director-General, Operations Northern Elders Forum, Professor Sadiq Gombe, ascribed the problem of Nigeria to lack of consensus by the elites, saying this had caused division among the polity and the agitation for cessesion

Other participants including the Alayemore of Ido-Osun Kingdom, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, a Cleric, Primate Sola Shittu and representative of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Ndidi Nzeako advocated collegiate central government to make the government a sizable and smart one.

Earlier in and address of welcome, convener of The Rebirth Group, Deacon Owolabi Oladejo proposed revert to Regional system of government where citizens would be treated with fairness and equality.

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