Osinbajo: I stand for fiscal federalism, stronger states, state police


Osinbajo: I stand for fiscal federalism, stronger states

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has restated that he is an advocate of fiscal federalism, stronger  state governments and state police.

Osinbajo made this submission while delivering the 40th Anniversary Lecture of the Association of Friends on Monday in Lagos.

The theme of the lecture is “Restructuring and the Nigerian Federation.”

He reiterated his stance that good governance was what Nigeria needed rather than geographical restructuring.

“I have been an advocate, both in court and outside, of fiscal federalism and stronger state governments.

“ I have argued in favour of state police, for the simple reason that policing is a local function.

“You simply cannot effectively police Nigeria from Abuja; only recently, I made a point that stronger, more autonomous states would effectively eradicate poverty.

“ So, I do not believe that geographical restructuring is an answer to…

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