Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun yesterday in Ibadan said that Nigeria has been witnessing series of crisis because we are operating a fraudulent federalism, insisting that until the Nation embraces true federalism the problems will not abate.
Senator Amosun made the declaration at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Oyo Council Independence Anniversary Lecture/Award entitled “Nigeria @55; The Pains, The Gains, The Prospects,” held at Iyaganku press centre.
The Ogun State governor noted that the sharing formula of the allocation among the three tiers of government negate the principles of true federalism, declaring that “in a situation whereby the Federal Government receives 52 percent, state governments receive 26 percent and local governments 20 percent clearly shows that such a federalism practice is a fraudulent one.
“With the sharing formula, the Federal Government, with larger percentage of the allocation, has little responsibilities than the states. In Ogun state we have over 70 federal agencies that without our support it would have been difficult for them to survive. For example, there is no police command that can survive throughout the federation without the support of their state governments,” he said.
Senator Amosun who spoke through the Secretary to Ogun State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, stated that the only way to address the situation is for the stakeholders to re-arrange the sharing formula to favour the state governments that have more responsibilities than the federal government.
The Ogun state governor further admonished everybody in the country to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s wind of change that is centered on re-arranging and re-building the institutions that will guarantee good governance and secure the future of the country.
Senator Amosun who emphasised that the Boko Haram insurgent broke out from the northern part of the country due to corruption and loss of faith on the government by the citizens of the region, urged Nigerians to support Mr. President in fighting corruption.
He also canvassed for good judicial system that will accelerate hearing of cases, provision of modern education that will re-arrange the curriculum and make the graduates job providers rather than job seekers.
Senator Amosun further canvassed for diversification of the country’s economy from oil to agriculture with the view to freeing the country and the citizenry from the tension arising from the slide in the oil prices in the world market.

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