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Southern leaders insist on control of resources

25 February 2014, 21:31

Abuja - The thorny issue of resource control has resurfaced again with leaders of the Southern Region resolving to insist on more control of their resource at the forthcoming national conference.

At a forum held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State to harmonize their position at the forthcoming national conference in Abuja, Leaders of the region unanimously agreed on the position.

Governors, Senators, House of Representative members, traditional rulers and several professional from the region attended the meeting.

All the governors in attendance, in their short speeches at the open session of the forum, called for “true” federalism where states should control their resources and use them to develop the citizens.

They all agreed that the current federal structure been practiced by Nigeria is unworkable and is incapable of sustaining any nation that wants to truly develop.

The leaders agreed to take a common position on the issue when all ethnic nationalities gather in Abuja for the proposed national conference.

Other areas which leaders in the region agreed to have a common position include establishment of state police, right to secede and indigenship clauses.

Guest speaker at the forum, Prof Olufemi Mimiko, said that when states were allowed to control their resources, every region in the country would look inward and begin to tap their natural resources.

He said that the present structure where the federal government controls the country's resources and shared parts to the states was  bad and would not engender true development in the country.

Mimiko also supported the call by the region for a state police system saying this could effectively check crime in the country.

He noted that Nigeria was among a few countries practicing a federal system of government but without state police.

– CAJ News

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