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London UK Session on Restructuring Nigeria

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We cordially invite you to participate as a stakeholder at the London UK session on Restructuring of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), His Excellency Chief John E. K. Odigie-Oyegun CON, recently constituted a Committee on True Federalism with a mandate to review all the ideas variously referred to as “True Federalism”, “Restructuring”, “Devolution of powers”, “Regionalism”, “Resource control” etc, and articulating and aligning the public position with the party’s manifesto and campaign promises.

As Nigerians in the UK who are interested in the growth of our nation, we have been working on a strategy that would contribute to the ongoing debate on restructuring.

Hence, we have created an all inclusive platform to encourage Nigerians in the Diaspora to come on board and share their thoughts in a session on this topic in London, UK.

Speakers include UK based Politicians & Executives; UK MPs; Experts on governance; Social commentators; Security consultants and academicians.

Among such topical issues are:

Creation/Merger of States:

Should Nigeria create more states or not; should states be merged, if so, what should be the framework and guidelines?

Derivation Principle:

What percentage of federal collectible resources should be given back to their sources, e.g. crude oil, solid minerals, VAT?

Devolution of Powers:

What items on the exclusive legislative list should be transferred to the recurrent list to enable states to have direct responsibility e.g. state & community police, prisons, etc?

Federating Units:

Should the Nigerian Federation be based on regions or zones as units or maintain the current 36 state structure? Fiscal Federalism & Revenue Allocation: What are the proposed changes in the current revenue allocation formula? What should be the new sharing formula between the federal, state and local governments that will reflect their share of constitutional responsibilities?

The Form of Government:

Should Nigeria continue with the current Presidential system of government or return to the Parliamentary system as practiced in the first republic or develop a hybrid of the two systems?

Independent Candidacy:

Should there be a constitutional provision for eligible citizens to contest elections without being members of registered political parties?

Land Tenure System:

Should the Land Use Act be part of the Constitution or not, and what should be the constitutional right of states in the ownership and control of mineral and natural resources on and under the ground?

Local Government Autonomy:

Should LGAs be independent of states and have direct revenue sourcing from the FG as the third-tier of the Federation or should they be administrative units of states?

Power Sharing & Rotation:

Should Nigeria have a policy of rotation of the key elected political positions on a regional or zonal basis for national offices and by senatorial districts for state offices?

Resource Control:

Should states, regions or zones be allowed to exclusively or partially own, exploit and tap the financial benefits of natural resources in their domain and just pay taxes to the Federal Government?

Policing:

Should policing be decentralised and handled by state or remain centralised under our federal Government?

Type of Legislature:

Does Nigeria need a bicameral or unicameral, part-time or full-time Parliament?

We also welcome contributions from Nigerian youths based in the United Kingdom whose future, more than that of any other segment of the society, will be most impacted by the issues being canvassed. Contributors are free to address one or more of above-listed issues and provide the basis for their comments and recommendations.

The session will be covered LIVE by BEN TV and streamed ONLINE.


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Holiday Inn Express,

196 High Street,

Stratford - London.

E15 2NE

(opposite Bingo Casino)

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