By Jimitota Onoyume
WARRI—Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has called on the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of President Muhammad Buhari to immediately commence implementing the recommendations of the party’s committee on restructuring, especially the one promoting resource control in the nation’s federalism.
National President of the body, Mr Eric Omare, in a statement yesterday in Warri, Delta State, said that the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the party’s ad-hoc committee will make the nation take the party seriously.
He said: “IYC worldwide states that while the APC’s ad-hoc committee on restructuring recommendation on devolution of power, including empowering states to have legislative control over mining and oil minerals, is a welcome development. The APC- led Federal Government should go further by taking immediate steps to implement the recommendations.
“It is not enough for the APC committee on restructuring to recommend for some level of resource control by the states. Since the APC is in government at the centre and majority of the states, it should take further steps to ensure immediate implementation of the recommendations especially that on control of mines and oil minerals by states of the federation which has been a key demand of the Niger Delta people.
“It is only when the recommendations of the committee are implemented that Nigerians and especially Niger Deltans will take the APC position on restructuring seriously. It will be recalled that the APC had promised restructuring prior to the 2015 elections only to deny knowledge of the true meaning of restructuring after winning the general election.
“Hence, for the APC to be taken seriously on the issue of restructuring, the IYC calls on the APC- led Federal Government to immediately initiate the process of amending the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the Petroleum Act, the Land Use Act, the Minerals and Mining Act, the Petroleum Profit Tax Act and other relevant laws as recommended by the committee to bring the recommendations into reality.”
“The IYC strongly believe that if the APC has the political will, this can be easily done because the party has majority both at the National Assembly and majority of the state Houses of Assembly to effect immediate amendment to the constitution and relevant laws. Anything short of immediate legislative action to implement the recommendations especially on resource control will be regarded as mere political rhetoric to get the support of Nigerians in the 2019 elections.”