By Bashir Rabe Mani
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has joined those clamouring for review of the revenue allocation formula in favour of states and local governments, but rejected restructuring of Nigeria.
Restating his commitment to fiscal restructuring, Tambuwal rejected calls for the “geographical” restructuring of Nigeria.
Although they were closest to the people, he said, the state and the local governments were getting lesser allocation than the Federal Government.
“The ugly trend should be reversed in favour of states and local governments to enable them meet the overwhelming demands of the grassroots,” the governor said.
Tambuwal, a formal Speaker of the House of Representatives, made the suggestion when he received members of professional groups who paid him Sallah homage on Wednesday in Sokoto.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the groups included Sokoto Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture; Association of Resident Communities; Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, and others.
Tambuwal rejected calls for the “geographical” restructuring of Nigeria, but preferred fiscal restructuring.
The governor said dialogue must be adopted by all aggrieved groups to address perceived problems and to sustain the unity of the country.
“We believe in the unity of the country and the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.
“Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at anytime.
“There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these challenges are surmountable.”
He promised partner the Chambers of Commerce to revive ailing industries in the state as well as bolster trade and commerce.
He promised that the administration would not discriminate against anyone, irrespective of tribe or religion in the strive to reposition the state.
Tambuwal urged everyone to offer constructive criticisms that would guide the government in meeting the challenges confronting the state.