By Ralph Chris-Izokpu
The Young progressives Party (YPP) has called for the urgent need to speed up the electoral reform process restructure the country and rejig the current security architecture of the country.
It stated this while organizing a protest march to the National Assembly led by its National chairman, Bishop Amakiri and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC), where the party submitted a petition which was received by a representative of the National Assembly.
The protest march was tagged “National peace walk for a greater Nigeria to the National Assembly” where they demanded for the rejig of the current security architecture and to speed up the electoral reform of the country, organised by the National Working Committee NWC members of YPP last week in Abuja.
The National chairman, who described the present situation of things in the country as worrisome, noted that, “the National Assembly as it stand is the only privileged arm of government with the constitutional powers to implement the aforementioned proposed solutions, which is why we appeal that the National Assembly should set in motion legislative actions that will help achieve the above in order to salvage the country,” the statement said.
On the need for urgent restructuring of the country, Amakiri said, “no matter how we run away from discussing restructuring, it will always hunt us as a nation and we hope it won’t be too late before we realize it is the only way forward.
“Ability to cut down the high cost of governance starting with the scrapping of the current bicameral legislature, drastic reduction in the numbers of MDAs and government appointees at all levels and the devolution of powers from the centre to component units. The exclusive list, which has bestowed so many powers with little responsibility on the federal government, should be decongested starting with State Police, which is long overdue especially for States with capacity to embark on the project.
“States should be allowed to control their resources and remit to the centre rather than the current feeding bottle approach being practiced.”