Former Unilorin VC Calls for restructuring of the federation

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Is-shaq Oloyede has called for proper restructuring of the federation.

Professor Oloyede made the call while fielding questions from newsmen at his residence in Ilorin before Iftar, breaking of fast organised for Journalists in the state.

The Don noted that it is timely to call for restructuring of the federation as all other components of the federal system are not functioning in the country.

Professor Oloyede said that the country is currently operating a unitary system of government which is not sustainable; pointing out that it is only the government at the central that is functioning.

According to him, many states of the country are facing economic pressure and in pseudo state.

Professor Oloyede who is the Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs therefore cautioned against the current system of government the country is operating and stressed the need for urgent restructuring of the federal system and allow for equal representation of all the ethics groups.

On the 2014 Confab, the former University of Ilorin Vice Chancellor who was the Co-Secretary of the Conference, described it as a waste, saying that the composition of the Conference members did not provide adequate representation of the people of the country.

He said the Confab was like a forum for some people to meet and enjoy the national cake, saying that some of the recommendations made were faulty, while some good decisions were also taken.

On Osun Muslims and Christians school crisis, Professor Oloyede stated that the episode in the state teaches reality and moral lessons and cautioned Nigerians not to allow individual emotions to override collective interest.

Professor Oloyede therefore warned the media to be dispassionate and desist from religious sentiment for the survival of the nation, calling for positive reports from the media and urging them to refrain from reports that could spark off crisis or wreck the country.