Thursday 19th October, 2017
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Restructuring: El- Rufai, Dogara sue for peace

Restructuring: El- Rufai, Dogara sue for peace

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) True Federalism Committee, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has harped on the need to pay atten­tion to the lingering agitations for restructuring of the country, saying the people’s voice must be heard.

El-Rufai, who led other mem­bers of the Committee on a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday said former engagements in the ef­forts to address some the chal­lenges facing Nigeria excluded critical stakeholders, especially the young people, saying it was one of the reasons the outcomes failed to achieve the needed re­sults.

“There have never been comprehensive discussions on federalism in the country and debates in the past excluded critical stakeholders”, he said, adding that consultative meet­ings have been held across the country and so the need to en­gage the National Assembly as one of the key stakeholders in the assignment.

While giving assurances that the APC was fully commit­ted to devolution of power, he commended the National As­sembly, especially the House of Representatives, which had put a committee in place to engage stakeholders on the agitations, a development, he explained, was in tune with the assignment given them by the APC.

Responding, Dogara com­mended the party for raising the Committee. “Thank God we are beginning to take the right steps in the right direction. I’m happy we are working together; we are not working at cross-purposes because at the end, we will be able to take an informed decision”, the Speaker said.

He, however, reiterated that the National Assembly still remains the constitutionally recognised institution saddled with the re­sponsibility of addressing issues related to the structure of the country and so would be ready to receive the outcomes of all en­gagements.

“The National Assembly is the forum where outcomes of the debates should be channeled for processing”, he said, pledging that they will not let Nigerians down.