By Okey NDIRIBE, Asst. Political Editor & Gbenga OKE
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) Friday tasked the National Assembly to restore the powers of state governments to create local government councils in the country as part of the current constitution amendment exercise.
Fashola who made the proposal in form of a question spoke at a public lecture organized by the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) to mark the 60th birthday of its Chairman Mr Wale Oshun.
In a speech he made at the lecture , Fashola had asked the audience which included Senate Minority Leader Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora the following question : â€œ Has the on-going constitutional amendment exercise allowed the states to take the destiny of their local councils in their own hands?â€
The topic for the lecture which was delivered by Prof. Ropo Sekoni was : â€œ The National Question: Imperatives for National Restructuringâ€.
Prof Sekoni had identified the nationâ€™s energy crisis as one of the fall-outs of the over-centralisation of governance currently embedded in the 1999 constitution pointing out that restructuring was required to address the poor level of electricity supply in the country.
He further observed that Nigeriaâ€™s epileptic supply of electricity was largely due to the fact that power generation and distribution was in the exclusive list of governance which contains only responsibilities assigned to the Federal Government.
He also cited the case of how the Independent Power Project (IPP) which was initiated by the Lagos State Government was frustrated by the Federal Government several years ago as another example of why over-centralisation of governmental powers had become an obstacle to the development of the state,