Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has canvassed for the devolution of power from the federal government to the state governments.
Masari, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said power devolution should be the focus of people now agitating for the restructuring of the country.
The governor, who spoke while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Security Studies, Abuja, warned that agitation for restructuring has a tendency to cause confusion.
He, however, said the time has come to reduce the items on the exclusive list of the 1999 constitution, which is now undergoing review, in view of the economic crisis and existing circumstances.
Federal government as it is presently constituted, according to Governor Masari, is too bogus and overbearing.
He explained that federal government is encroaching on basic issues like boreholes, primary and secondary schools that should be the exclusive responsibility of the states.
Masari said, “We are making our position very clear from the northern governor’s forum. We believe in devolution. I don’t know about restructuring but I know about devolution.
“Give me reasons why the federal government should be constructing boreholes. Borehole is the responsibility of the local government not even the state.
“The federal government has no business building primary and secondary schools; the reality is that primary and secondary education is foundation education.
“People talk about solid minerals, you give licence here in Abuja, but you don’t have the land, if you give licence, I will go and drive you.
“The way our constitution came about was unlike the United States, where the states came together and surrendered to the centre, but the military railroad us to a presidential system, that created bogus federal government,” he stated.Please subscribe to our newsletter