Former Senate Leader faults Nigerian political structure

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

A Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has faulted the Nigerian Political structure saying it “cannot deliver development and bring about the needful growth in the country”.

The Former Senate Leader disclosed this on Monday while speaking at the 9th Honourable Justice J.M Adesiyun biennial memorial public lecture organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch in collaboration with the Adesiyun Family of Offa, held at Kwara hotels, Ilorin.

Senator Ndoma-Egba noted that the current structure breads corruption, inefficient and incompetent bureaucracies which the country is currently facing.

Speaking on the topic, “Democracy, Law and Change: Imperative for Nigeria”, he noted that the way forward is to dismantle the infrastructure for corruption, inefficiency and incompetence which promoted a deliberating and suffocating federal structure.

Senator Ndoma-Egba said Nigerian States were not created in economic considerations or as economic units rather they were created whimsically in political and personal considerations.

According to him, when the country was using regionalism, the three regions were viable, competitive and remitted to the federation account unlike now when states were conceived as consumption and not production centres.

The Guest lecturer said most states are bankrupt and they cannot pay salaries, while poverty and unemployment are also biting harder as they largely depend on the federal government.

Senator Ndoma-Egba therefore called for restructuring of the federation in such a way that the federating units are economic units and economically viable and charged Nigerians to be courageous and face the current reality.

He said “current structure cannot deliver development. We should not continue in self-deceit or self-denial, every society must adapt to changing realities otherwise it dies. Nigeria has great realizable potentials; Nigeria is a potentially great nation which must be harnessed”.

Also speaking, the Chief Justice of Kwara State, Justice Suleiman Durosinlorun Kawu, represented by Justice M.A Afolayan said development can only thrive when the rule of law is strictly adhered to.

Subsidy Removal

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Ilorin branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barrister Manzuma Issa, condemned the fuel subsidy removal, saying that it would traumatized Nigerians who voted for the present administration at the federal level.

In his comments, a Former Commissioner in Kwara State, Mr Bolaji Edun stressed the need to make political offices less attractive by reducing the take home of Political office holders drastically.

Other contributors called for scrapping of local government authority, the need for judiciary to supervise the executive arm of government and the need to curb political wastages.

The lecture was themed “Law, Democracy and Development: The imperatives in post colonial Nigeria and was attended by renowned legal luminaries in the country including Chief Bayo Ojo, Chief J.S Bamigboye (SAN), Chief Peter Olorunsola (SAN)and the representative of the Olofa of Offa among other personalities.