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Prof Mimiko advocates decentralization of governance

The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko Prof. Oluwafemi Mimiko has called for a critical review of the political structure in Nigeria in order to legitimize good governance, bring down corruption, end alienation and enhance the delivery of the capacity of the Nigeria state.

Mimiko stated that Nigeria has in place a  1999 Constitution that is Federal in everything but in name, and therefore non_inclusive. “the government become very far from the people, largely irrelevant   to their lives and rarely seen as a useful tool for the generation of public good”.

He stated this in his presentation at the 233rd Inaugural lecture series of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile_Ife titled “Swimming Against The Tide: Development Challenge for the Long_Disadvantaged in A Fundamentally Skewed Global System”, held at the Oduduwa Hall of the Univerdsity.

According to him, a decentralized structure for Nigeria will preserves it’s general pattern _ a structure which would give the region the greatest freedom of movement and action, reduce the power of the centre to absolute minimum yet retain sufficient national unity for practical and international purposes, make the electoral process credible, make leaders more become accountable and the polity stable and economic reforms successful in the contemporary age.

The professor of Political Science said Nigeria and Africa must put in place a genuine economic reform program in the context of transition from Political centralism to some form of Political liberalism adequate to be called a democracy.

He condemned the nature of the global economic system which is been controlled by nine nations and two others describing it as a factor which has made the poor and the disadvantaged Countries economy, groan under the yoke of debt for years.

”Globalization is to further weaken the structure of the third world economies and make them more susceptible to penetration by foreign capital with a view to consolidate the hegemony of the western industrial economies, weaken the internal social cohesion, making the task of nation building and the promotion of egalitarianism more complex”.

He thank God for those who had stood by him as mentors and friends in his 25 years as a scholar, locally and internationally stressing that his alma mater, the Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) has always been an intellectual citadel of distinction where everybody, would find accommodation, to mount the highest height of academic career.


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