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“Devolution of power ’ll engender devt”

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — A legal icon, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), has canvassed devolution of power which he noted was important for the development of the country, explaining that it would smoothen administration of government at all the component units.

He particularly noted that the devolution should encompass fiscal revenue to enable all tiers of government access to greater generation of revenue for development of their areas.

Ali also said the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), might have learnt some lessons that have made him wiser, for him to now call  for devolution of power.

Banbagida who ruled the country for eight years was recently reported to have said that there was too much of concentration of power at the centre and that there should be devolution of the power to other component units of the federation.

But Ali said what Babangida reportedly said was not new, adding that it was crystal clear that the centre is too loaded with governmental power at the expense of other component units.

He said Babangida was possibly realising the need for the devolution of power after he had left office, alleging that he probably knew the fact of over-concentration of power at the centre when he  was in office but ignored it.

The legal luminary expressed concern that many of leaders of the country, when in office, were  aversed to a popular clamour because it was not favourable to their selfish interest while they turned a supporter of  the same clamour when they had been out of office.

“It often happens that some of our leaders would enact or support a certain law when they were in office but when they had left office and the law seems to be affecting them, they would join the clamour for the scraping of the law,”he stressed.


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