Nigeria must restructure, Ngige declares - Full Gist NG


Friday, 4 August 2017

Nigeria must restructure, Ngige declares

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has endorsed the growing calls for the restructuring of the Nigerian polity.
His stance is against the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) anti-restructuring position.
Ngige stated on Thursday that Nigeria must restructure for the country to move forward.

The minister spoke at the graduation of the pilot programme of the Abia State Education for Empowerment Programme (E4E) in Umuahia, the state capital.

He said that power devolution had become very imperative if states in the federation will survive and advised opponents of power devolution to think twice.
His words: “Some people are afraid of power devolution thinking it is resource control, but it is not resource control. It means states working hard to develop at their pace; and if you work harder you will enjoy better.”
Ngige stated that power devolution would engender competitiveness among states of the federation instead of the current practice where states go cap-in-hand to Abuja for financial allocation every month.
The former Anambra State Governor emphasised that contrary to the perception in some quarters, the Executive arm of government was interested in power devolution and urged everybody to embrace the idea.

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