Sunday Ode, Abuja
Governors of the 36 states of the federation, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called for devolution of powers to state as part of the current deafening clamour for the restructuring of the country.
The states chief executives want their request to be taken into account by the two chambers of the National Assembly in their quest to amend the 1999 Constitution of the country. Zamfara State Governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum ( NGF), Abdulaziz Yari disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the meeting of the forum on Wednesday night.
It could be recalled that the National Assembly had voted against devolution of powers in the recent constitution amendment exercise.
But Yari said the governors would liaise with the National Assembly on the devolution of powers bill and political agitations in different parts of the country that were not taken into considerations during the constitution amendment exercise .
He also stated that in their next meeting, the governors would invite the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to provide them more details about the amendments to the constitution. He said: “The meeting is just one item agenda, that is the review of Nigeria constitution. If you can remember last time, the Deputy Senate President was here with us to brief us on the harmonized position of the two houses for the task schedule of the amendment of the Nigeria constitution. Because of its importance, we decided to hold this extra ordinary meeting so that we could deliberate.”
“We had actually wanted to invite the Conference of Speakers so that we can collectively look at what was submitted for the betterment of the nation. As we agree the constitution is being amended for posterity and not for any other interest.”Therefore, the information we are having from the House of Representatives is that the position is Senate position, it is not harmonized. “So probably by next week, that is on the 18th, the Speaker of the House of Representatives or his representative will come and make his own presentation to us so that we look at to.
“By the way, there are so many issues of national interest, devolution of power, political agitations were not taken into considerations in that amendment.””We as governors we are looking as important so that will be taken as interest of the nation as leaders so that we can move the country forward.”
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