True federalism, solution to insecurity -MimikoOndo, State News Monday, June 25th, 2012
THE Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, on Saturday, said the only solution to the problem of insecurity and insurgence across the country is the adoption and implementation of true federalism.
The governor also said the time was ripe for the Yoruba nation to restrategise its approach towards agitations in the country.
Mimiko said this in Akure, the Ondo State capital, while addressing participants at the ninth All Yoruba Youth Conference, organised by the Coalition of Oodua Self-Determination Groups.
He said the adoption of true federalism would encourage devolution of powers from the Federal Government to states and local governments, adding that such would guarantee effective policing.
The governor said the present structure of the Nigeria Police might not be able to curtail the criminal acts being perpetrated by various groups in the country, while he lamented that the Federal Government had not been able to curtail the current activities of the Boko Haram sect in the northern part of the country.
He said if Nigeria had been practicing true federalism, which gives room for state police, perpetrators of the act and their sponsors would have been identified and arrested.
Mimiko, however, said his administration was focused on the achievement of an egalitarian society, where the people of the state would have equal opportunities and benefit from government.
The governor also challenged his colleagues in the South-West to focus more on projects and programmes that would benefit majority of the masses and make the people the centre of development.
Also speaking on the occasion, chairman of the group, Mr Dayo Ogunlana, said the immediate convocation of a sovereign national conference was necessary to resolve the current crisis in the country.
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