RESRUCTURING: Committee on Restructuring Affirms its Commitment to a United Nigeria
Zainab Tanimu —-Kaduna
The Committee on restructuring set up by Northern States Governors forum, NSGF, and the Northern Traditional Rulers to chart a way forward on the issue of restructuring has commenced work in harness.
The Chairman of the Committee, the Governor of Sokoto State Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal briefing newsmen after a close- door meeting which lasted over four hours on Wednesday at Usman Katsina House Kawo Kaduna said they have agreed to extensively engage all shades of opinion leaders and leaders in the north on what should be an aggregate position of northern region.
Tambuwal who spoke alongside Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ll, said is an “Extension meeting to review the situation in the country especially on the ongoing conversation about the restructuring. He appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and understanding as everything is being done to address issues.
“On what is happening in the other part of the country, we are appealing to students of this great country to please exercise retrain and to continue to remain calm because we believe that violence does no good to anybody not to talk of a country and we remain committed to the image of this country. We believe that the more united we are, the better for this country, for the black race and for Africa. We are committed to that and we are appealing to everyone to please exercise some caution and restrain and embrace peace. There are processes on-going for the engagement and l am sure that federal government would be willing to listen to all of these agitations. Even if you embark on war at this stage, you don’t get results from wars. You would always come back to the round table and discuss. So why go to war if you can engage and discuss under a very conducive atmosphere. So we are appealing to people to please remain calm. Remain where they are so that we do not give an impression as if there is an outbreak of war in the country.
Even though Some call it resource control, while others call it true federalism “Whatsoever name called, we have agreed as a committee of northern governor and northern traditional rulers to extensively engaged all shades of opinions leaders and leaders in the north on what should be an aggregate position of northern regions of Nigeria. We have agreed that the technical committee should work on all those documents, previous reports, previous conferences and position papers and then come back to us within three weeks and thereafter each of the states will convene town hall meetings or public hearings. All the issues that will be brought out would be collated by the technical body so that we can subject them to a very serious debate across the northern region.
“And the outcome of that meeting will be presented at meeting of northern governors and traditional leaders as soon as they are compiled”.
Also in his remarks, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ll, said the three items were raised during the conversations of the committee.
“I believe in the conversations, there were three items that stood out very clearly is that we reaffirmed our commitment to the unity of the whole of the north, and ongoing internal conversations to treads all the devices issues that has been canvassed involving political leaders, Traditional rulers, youth, elders and general people. “This concerns open conversations on things that need to be done, improve and be change in other for us to move together as one body in the National conversion.
“We affirmed our commitment to the unity of this country and issue of constitutional reform that ll benefits the whole of Nigeria.
There is question about to what actually is the nature of devolution of power in place. What ll be the nature of local government and whether there should be opportunity for different people to decide for themselves based on local historical conditions based on administration of local government.
“Issues of physical responsibility, not just sharing revenue. Whether edntire revenue of the government be used as a payment of salaries, constitutional amendment, issues of minimum wage.
“Certain groups have been working as a northern position. We will look at the previous reports gotten, bring up additional points, consult widely and come up with a new position which will serve as the position of the north and present in the international congregation. These summarize the conversation that took place between the committee. Emir said.
Present at the inaugural meeting of the Committee were three governors. The Chairman of the Committee, RT. Hon. Waziri Tumbuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, the Nassarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, the host Governor El-Rufai and the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.