Soludo urges implementation of APC report on restructuring

A former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, Wednesday called on the federal government to implement the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee’s report on restructuring as a step to reposition the country.
Mr. Soludo made the call in while delivering the inaugural lecture of Ndigbo Foundation with the theme: “The Political Economy of Restructuring the Nigerian Federation.” The APC committee on true federalism was constituted by the party in August 2017.
It was set up to consider and make recommendations to the National Working Committee (NWC) on key items relating to the Nigerian Federation and the agitations for “True Federalism” or “Restructuring”.
The committee submitted its report to the party in January 2018.
Mr. Soludo said some of the recommendations of the committee, headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, held great promises for the country’s development.
He said if such recommendations as creation of state police, resource control and abolishment of the local government system were implemented, the country would be set on the path of progress in three months.
The ex-CBN governor stated further that APC had the opportunity to walk its talk on restructuring to reposition the country as it controls the government.
Mr. Soludo said: “As a first step to restructure the country, let us start with a low hanging fruit — the APC’s minimum template.
The APC committee on restructuring has many interesting recommendations, but three stands out.
“So, what is holding action on this? The APC currently controls 24 states or thereabouts plus a majority at the National Assembly.
The import of this is that if the APC as a political party decides to walk its talk, it can give Nigeria these changes within three months or before the end of 2018,” he stated.
He said that the political class was not committed to the agenda of restructuring because they feared it would dismantle their privileges in the current structure.

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