By Matthew Denis
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in its submission in memorandum to the All Progressives Congress (APC) North Central Public Hearings solicited for political restructuring and not reformation of the country.
The Memorandum which was signed by the Kwara State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Kareem Agunbiade recently stated that NLC recognises indivisibility of country as the sovereignty of Nigeria.
“What is needed now is political restructuring which is a call for the restoration of federalism in the country. The ravaging poverty which expert posted at 72 per cent, unemployment rate at 65 per cent, internal displacement, security threats in form of Boko Haram, herdsmen/farmers clashes and other social vices are consequences of haphazard structure created by the unitary system of government,” the statement read.
The memorandum noted that the agitation for secession is mischievous and self-serving.
“Our position on the public hearings by the APC-led administration is to return to a regional structure of government, devolution of powers through decentralisation along federal units and fiscal federation.”
It further made case for the adoption of parliamentary system of government which is less expensive, creation/merger of states and introduction of independent candidate in the political system in addition to autonomy for LGs, power sharing and rotation, resource control by each region with an acceptable proportion of what should be given to the centre.
According to the memo, the NLC as one of the major stakeholders in the nation’s democratic process is fully committed to the indivisibility of Nigeria.