National Conference: Anyaoku advocates true federal structure

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

Secretary- of Commonwealth Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has said that proposed National Conference should be used as a to evolve a workable federal structure for Nigeria.

Anyaoku said this in Lagos on Tuesday at 3rd Goody Jidenma Public lecture, held at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

lecture has as its theme: “ practice of True Federalism in Africa, Nigerian Experience and the Way Forward“.

“The National Conference should offer the golden opportunity to discuss an appropriate Federal structure for the country.

“The conference should be made to focus on the required system of government.

“There should be a return to the six federating units, with each unit developing at its own pace“ he said. The Secretary said that such units would ensure equitable sharing of proceeds the nation’s .

Anyaoku noted that Nigeria had attained “faster development“ when operated four regional structure of government.

He advised against the syndrome of “ is our turn to the next president”, but to work collectively at achieving a , peaceful and developed country.

The guest , Prof. Jonah Elaigwu, President, Institute of Governance and Social Research (IGSR), noted that Nigeria, like other African countries, yet to practise true federalism. “ country has been able to meet with the characteristics of federalism so far.

“There is symmetrical federalism in Nigeria. Even America is not a true federalism, “ he said.

Elaigwu to jointly work at removing federation challenges and also create a federal system of government that would meet collective needs.