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Thursday, September 7, 2017

WHY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY REJECTED DEVOLUTION OF POWER – SHEHU SANI

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt, Shehu Sani has identified state government’s possible abuse of their power as a major reason why devolution of power was rejected in the recent Constitution amendment exercise by the National Assembly.

Speaking on Tuesday when he paid a visit to Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark at his Abuja residence, he declared that “the problem we have with devolution of power is how to tackle some of the problems that come with it”.
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central continued, “For example, the present crop of governors might not be able to handle state police in a manner that people who disagree with them can be safe.
“Secondly, the manner in which elections are conducted by state independent electoral commissions where the ruling party in state wins all positions is worrisome.
“So, if we devolve the police, we have to allay the fears of people on the implications. Those who are championing some of these issues need to make clarifications.”
On derivation and resource control, Sani stated that it was in the country’s best interest for the government and citizens to stop thinking about oil because the commodity was becoming non-attractive globally.

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