ByÂ Dotun Ibitoye
A Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) chieftain in Delta State, Chief Adolo Okotie-Eboh, has called for theÂ implementation ofÂ fiscal federalismÂ for the nation to achieve its Vision 2020 goals.
Okotie-Eboh, who is the son of Nigeriaâ€™s first finance minister, ChiefÂ Okotie-Eboh argued that the country has made some achievements since independence, but it could do a lot better with its abundant human and material resources at its disposal.
In his 49th independence day message he said: â€œThe reason issues likeÂ marginalization and resource control remain unsolved is our unwillingness to take advantage of our federal structure and go further to implement fiscal federalism. This is because the struggle for a fair share of the scarce resources for development purposes becomes unabated and sometimes volatileâ€.
â€œTaking into cognizance that both the region and the nation cannot develop without atmosphere of peace and co-existence, I haveÂ consistently prodded political office holders in my local government and the state to endeavourÂ to improve the infrastructure and create employment for the benefit of all.
AndÂ I have reached out to solving the problems of individual and groups both in my tribe and the larger society as much as my personal income could allow me, which I want other leaders to emulate.â€
On his support for the federal governmentâ€™s amnesty programme, Okotie-Eboh said there was need for the youths to be well enlightened so that they can take full advantage of the programme which is meant for the benefit of all.
â€œI have called on my people to embrace the federal governmentâ€™s amnesty programme in its entirety and I have urged the federal government to fully re-integrate the militants especially those that have surrendered their armsâ€.