Allow states to generate, distribute power, says Tambuwal
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has called for a review of the law on power generation in the country, so that states would be allowed to generate and distribute electricity.
The governor who spoke yesterday while opening the 2017 Law Week of Sokoto State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the existing practice of states generating power and evacuating it to the national grid was no longer in the best interest of the country.
He also said there should be a review of the method of appointment of states’ representatives to federal agencies such as the Federal Character Commission, National Population Commission and the Revenue and Fiscal Mobilisation Commission.
He canvassed for the separation of the offices of the Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to avoid partisanship and hampering the ability of the latter to prosecute cases without bias.
The governor also supported a review of the revenue sharing formula so that states and local councils would get more allocation.
Tambuwal suggested that the railway service should be removed from the exclusive legislative list so that interested states would be able to invest in it.
He assured the NBA that its members would be included in the proposed general review of the state’s laws, which he described as obsolete.
“The laws have to be properly updated to address present realities. Imagine, some of the laws are still using pounds and shillings,” he stated.