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Yoruba group seeks people-driven steps towards restructuring

By Seye Olumide, South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan
07 October 2021   |   3:06 am
A think-tank of Yoruba professionals, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, The Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative (TYLPI), has urged Nigerians to take the initiative and begin the process of producing a new constitution for the country rather than wait in vain for the National Assembly to do so.

A think-tank of Yoruba professionals, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, The Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative (TYLPI), has urged Nigerians to take the initiative and begin the process of producing a new constitution for the country rather than wait in vain for the National Assembly to do so.

The group made the call in a communique issued at the end of its national seminar on restructuring of the Nigerian federation held at the University of Ibadan (UI) International Conference Centre.

The communiqué, signed by the group’s General Secretary, Olufemi J. Adefemiwa, said it was time for the people to begin to take practical steps with clear timelines towards the restructuring of the country.

It urged the people to stand as one and produce a new constitution that would restructure the country and address the flaws in the 1999 Constitution.

The document suggested that the new constitution for the country should take effect from Monday, June 12, 2023 and urged the states, especially those in the southern parts of the country, to also draft their own constitutions, which should also become operational from Monday, June 12, 2023.

According to the communique, the emerging federal constitution should, of necessity, provide for the devolution of powers by the central government to the states such that the central government would have power over Foreign Affairs, Defence, Customs and the like, while policing, the judiciary, sports and similar items would be on the concurrent legislative list of the centre and the federating units.

“Items like agriculture, industry, commerce and prisons should be on the residual list and therefore be exclusive to the federating units,” the communique stated.

The communiqué further proposed that states should have control over the resources in their territories but would contribute 50 per cent of the earnings from such resources to the centre, which would retain 30 per cent of such contributions and share the remaining 20 per cent equally among the states.