The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi has said that the practice of true federalism will accelerate regional development.
This will also enhance national integration through the promotion of healthy rivalry among the various regions.
Adekunbi, in a statement released by the Head, Information Department of the Assembly, Lawal Jamiu, disclosed this while receiving members of the Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation led by Senator Femi Okunrounmu.
He explained that the clamour for true federalism through restructuring by the Yoruba elders was neither tribalistic nor aimed at bringing about division in the nation.
The speaker, while receiving from the group, a document on restructuring as well as a proposed amendment for the nation’s constitution, commended them for promoting an egalitarian society through nation building.
While recalling that the Assembly unanimously supported devolution of power during the third and forth 1999 Constitutional amendment, Adekunbi, pointed out that the nation witnessed tremendous development during the era of regional government which remained a point of reference for the Yoruba nation.
He assured that the Assembly would ensure holistic consideration of the proposed bill presented to it for the betterment of the nation.
Earlier in their remarks, Senators Okunrounmu, Tokunbo Okubanjo from Ogun Central and Ogun East Senatorial Districts as well as the Convener, Otunba Deji Osibogun, expressed the opinion that the visit was to sensitise the lawmakers on the need for the actualization of restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures for the sake of the generation yet unborn.
They advocated the need for regions to be autonomous, with each of the Federating units given opportunity to control its resources for socio-economic advancement, stating that the step would address the issues of inequality, Federal character and distribution of national resources.
The elder statesmen, who recalled the nation’s post independent history of the regions, made remarkable reference to the efforts of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikwe and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
They posited that it was on the basis upon which the British granted independent to the country, stressing that restructuring was essential to the socio-economic advancement of the nation.