Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide has called on the Federal Government to commence the implementation of the core recommendations of the ruling All Progressives Congress Committee’s report on ‘Restructuring, Power Devolution and True Federalism’.
The Secretary-General, IYC, Mr Alfred Kemepado, said in a statement on Monday that only the implementation of the report of the committee led by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, before the 2019 elections would show seriousness on the part of the government.
Kemepado said the curious silence which had followed the celebrated recommendations of the el-Rufai committee seemed to suggest that the recommendations were inspired by a motive to deceive the people once again for the purpose of elections.
He stressed that the APC-led Federal Government had a moral burden to prove its sincerity to Nigerians on the recommendations by the el-Rufai committee.
The committee, which made far-reaching recommendations on power devolution, true federalism also proposed to put onshore mineral resources, including oil and gas, under the control of the states of the federation.
Kemepado said the position of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on the issue of restructuring represented the collective views of not only the Ijaw people but also the entire Niger Delta.
According to him, the insecurity in parts of the country had been a major aspect of the Niger Delta people’s struggle for resource control and fairness in resource allocation over the years.
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