National Confab: Restructuring, power devolution top list of demands

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By SONI DANIELregional Editor, North
Indications have emerged that most Nigerians want a major restructuring of the Nigerian polity to make it more functional and responsive to their yearnings and aspirations.

The position is predicated on the number of memoranda sent in by Nigerians to the National Conference Secretariat on the issues they would want tackled by the conferees, who broke into 20 committees early this week and are expected to turn in their reports next month.

The memoranda followed a request by the National Conference Secretariat to Nigerians to send in their requests on various areas of national life for deliberation by the delegates so as to give Nigerians the opportunity to contribute their quota to the debate.

At the end of the period set aside for the collection of memoranda from Nigerians, the conference secretariat received a total of 319 memos from Nigerians.

The  summary of the memoranda submitted by Nigerians, which was exclusively obtained by Saturday Vanguard, indicated that most Nigerians were keen on seeing a radical restructuring of the Nigerian polity, as a total of 70 Nigerians sent in memoranda on that particular issue.

Next in the order of importance to Nigerians, is the need to devolve power from the Federal Government to the other tiers of government so that the centre would become less attractive to people and encourage more development at the state and local government. A total of 42 Nigerians sent in requests to the committee on Devolution of Power.

The committee on Politics and Governance got a total of 34 memoranda followed by that of Citizenship, Immigration and Related Matters with 23 requests from Nigerians.

The breakdown of the other memoranda and their committees were as follows: Social Sector, 22, Political Parties and Election Matters, 20, Religion and Law, Judiciary, Human Rights/Legal Reforms got 15 each while National Security had 14.

Environment, Agriculture, and Trade and Investments have 10 memoranda each while Transportation, Public Service and Public Finance and Revenue have five each.

The Committees on Civil Society, Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Matters had four memoranda each while the committee on Energy received only a memorandum from Nigerians.

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