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Devolution of power to federating unit vital to national development – Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has underscored the importance giving more power to the federating as a vital step to achieving national development.

The governor said this in reaction to the statement credited to Bauchi State Governor and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bala Mohammed, on the Western Nigeria Security Network, known as Amotekun, and the need to restructure the polity for real development.

Akeredolu, who is also the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, said restructuring of the country is the only way to develop the country.

In a statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu insisted that there was a need to put in place a system of administration that reflects heterogeneity.

The statement read in part, “The federating units must progress from the semblance of autonomy to the recognition of their unique features which justify their existence.

“All institutions must emerge as consequences of deliberative engagements designed to accommodate and serve all segments of the society. Social services become seamless and effective when governance is localised.

“It, therefore, becomes anomalous and suspicious to insist on a central command structure of policing the polity. Amotekun points at the path to tread in ensuring that collaborative efforts among security agencies yield maximum protection for the citizenry.

“It points at the ostensible potential of a nation-state sincerely desirous of mobilising citizens for the production of goods and services.

“We are proud of our modest intervention at a most auspicious moment in the country. We enjoin all patriots to look critically into the issues bordering on the challenges faced by the country as a result of the current system.

“Devolution of powers must be perceived as necessary for the development of the country. There can be no meaningful progress in a system where the federating units are treated as mere outposts for the central administration.”

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