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NUPENG canvasses true federalism

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has said that the panacea to the national economic woes is to revert back to the practice of true federalism.
The Union stated that the solution to non-payment of salaries of workers in the states and local governments was for country,  to go back to true federalism whereby they will generate their revenues and pay salaries instead of relying solely on monthly federal allocation.
A statement signed by the President of the union Comrade Igwe Achese stressed that  the States and local governments should be allowed to control their resources with a clear definition of federal government projects.
It reiterated that the current structure of states and local governments depending on federal allocation for their survival negates the principles of true federalism
The statement said inter alia ;  “The Union posits that the only solution to the current economic challenges is for the states and local government to have independence on the revenues generated and accruing in their domain in order for them to pay salaries and execute  projects , while there will be an interface with the Federal government on their projects.
“The Union stresses that for the nascent democracy to have a meaning and end the sufferings of the masses that we have to entrench true federalism into our system.
“The Union states that the internally generated revenue of states is often not accounted for or judiciously used and it would not be the case when true federalism is in operations.”
It also added that true federalism will eliminate wastages, in the IGR system, as the laissez faire attitude will not be there, as all efforts will be geared towards revenue generation to pay salaries, debts and finance projects.

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