Osinbajo seeks deeper debate on restructuring

Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is calling for a deeper understanding of the current restructuring debate in the country, and supports the idea of having State Police in the country accordingly to his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande.

Akande said there have been different interpretations, meanings and purposes to which the restructuring debate is being put to.

The Vice President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity made the clarifications in Abuja while speakingon a radio programme on Orange FM in Akure, Ondo State amidst media reports that the Vice President opposed the restructuring of the country during a question-and-answer session at the Second Foundation Day Lecture of the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin in Ondo State last week.

But Akande explained that while the Vice President questions whether the allocation of more funds to the states from the federal would be helpful at this time considering the dwindling revenues from oil and taxes, he wholly supports the idea of having State Police across the country as articulated in the APC’s Roadmap to a New Nigeria.

Akande said it was important Nigerians understand that the issue of restructuring should run deeper than some of the superficial and surface value focus. According to him, some of the issues involved include notions or views calling for a return to regionalism, fiscal federalism, devolution of power, state police among others, adding that different interests are taking different approaches and at times this confuses the debate and reduces it to mere political rhetorics.

He said the Vice President while reacting to a question on whether allocation of more resources to states from the centre would make them meet current demands of governance at this challenging period, emphasised that focus should be on economic diversification especially towards agriculture to make the states more vibrant in the wake of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper