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Constitution review: Group wants state police, LG autonomy

….constitution amendment ‘ll deepen federalism, says Ekweremadu

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—THE Forum of Federations yesterday urged the Senate to provide for the establishment of state police and remove the over dependency of local government authorities on state as it embark on the process of reviewing the constitution.

Chairman of the Federation, Professor Eghosa Osaghea who was in Abuja yesterday to present summary of roundtable on constitution
review to the Chairman, Joint Committee Constitutional Review (JCCR) Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said the security situation in the country requires the setting of a state police to argument the Nigeria police in combating crime.

The federation which also faulted the dependency of local government authorities on state government said local government should be given full autonomy to fast track development at grassroot.

He said, “The situation of the local government is a grey area in our Constitution.

The federations discovered that the local governments need a status of its own and depending on the state government for funds should be reversed through the constitution. “We are also of the view that we need state police to work with the federal police to combat crime.”

In his response, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said the proposed amendment of the constitution would deepen Nigeria’s federalism.

He said the National Assembly is committed to reviewing the constitution as it is set to avoid sentiments that could derail the success of the exercise.

His words, “We will engage in a lot of consultations. It is key that we engage in a lot of consultations and plurality of views. We are committed to popular participation in our constitutional alteration.

“We will ask our colleagues to go home with your documents,  so that some other time we can engage you on some of the issues raised in your report which happen to be in tandem with our views”.


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