Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue disagree on restructuring

3 years 5 months ago #1263 by patrickd

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The zonal meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) comprising Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa states, held at Hill Station Hotel, Jos, ended with the three states disagreeing on restructuring.

The central zone meeting, chaired by Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko-Almakura, was attended by the three states.

While the governor of Nasarawa State was present to chair the event, the host governor, Simon Lalong, was absent following the death of his younger brother early this week. Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom was represented by the APC state legal adviser.

Governor Almakura asked the three states to present their positions in turns.

Benue State’s position was presented by APC legal adviser. He said: “On power sharing and rotation, for us in Benue State, there should be a constitutional provision for every elective office to be rotated among geo-political zones available. “Power should be rotated among the six geo-political zones for presidential election, and at state level, governorship should be rotated among the three senatorial zones.

“On the issue of local government autonomy, we in Benue State are in full support of local government autonomy, where funds meant for local governments should be channelled to them directly from source.

“On matter of devolution of power, we in Benue State are of the view that as presently constituted, there is over concentration of power at the centre, and there is need for devolution of power, to bring certain items on the exclusive legislative lists to the concurrent legislative list.”

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