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“This Feeding Bottle Federalism is the Cause of our Economic Quandary” – Ike Ekweremadu

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DSP, Ike Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has once again called for the restructuring of the country.

Ekweremadu, who in his book, “Who will love my country?” recommended a return to the regional arrangement with the six geopolitical zones as federating units, said that “this feeding bottle federalism, this act of robbing Peter to pay Paul remains the cause of our economic quandary”.

He made the statement at the Second Annual Conference of the Young Parliamentarians Forum, which took place at the National Assembly in Abuja.

“I disagree with those who say that Nigeria does not necessarily need restructuring, but good governance that will eliminate corruption.

The truth is that it is difficult to tame corruption where the federating units virtually run on free federal allocations that some people see as national cake, not their own sweat.

Conversely, the people will be more vigilant and ready to hold their leaders accountable when the federating units begin to live largely on internally generated revenues and their sweat.

However, restructuring should be on incremental basis to ease the country into a more prosperous future.”

We need to reinvigorate the youth arm of our political parties as in the days of the First Republic and pre-independence era when vibrant youth movements and arms of the political parties thrived and served as platforms for political apprenticeship for aspiring political leaders.

Unfortunately, there is little we can do about meaningful youth economic inclusion and employment until we restructure our behemoth federalism.

I still hold the view that this feeding bottle federalism, this act of robbing Peter to pay Paul, which we have gradually enthroned as state policy since the fall of the First Republic, remains cause of our economic quandary,” Ekweremadu said.

14 Comments

  1. Prince

    July 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I know Ekweremadu to be a truthful and honest man. If you’ve seen him in person you’d know that he’s a cool man that stay away from trouble.

  2. isaid!!

    July 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Just hush if you don’t have anything reasonable to say

    • mrsid

      July 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Did you read what he said at all, as in can you comprehend his points/position? or are you one of the Northern rent seekers milking the nation?

  3. Weezy

    July 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Nigeria absolutely should be restructured. We have never had so many crises taking place at the same time. The oil economy has failed. Terrorism is happening on two ends of the country. Radical muslim intolerance in the north is a threat. And the people in the Delta seem to think they can do better on their own. Bold ideas are needed or the country is going to fail.

    Let sharialand create their own country. Let the Biafrans go. The rest of us will have Lagos and all the commerce and technological brilliance in the SW. We shall see who will thrive.

    • Naijatalk

      July 20, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Deluded much, what makes you think the SW is the epicenter of technological brilliance and commerce? Marginalization has hampered the growth of many areas. If not for religious intolerance, Northern Nigeria is a major commercial hub. Do not discount any region. Port Harcourt, Warri, Calabar, Enugu can reclaim their glory days with proper management. Don’t be fooled by Lagos, beyond Lagos what obtains in the SW? You must be the only on ignorant of the fact that Lagos ha thrived based on contributors from all over the country.
      You think the minds that existed pre-political tensions and divisions in Nigeria hav e died? Many are bidding their time.
      My friend go get educated.

    • Weezy

      July 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Lagos has the highest GDP of all the states in Nigeria.

      Economic Fact. Look it up before you start insulting your betters.

      At 90 billion dollars, Lagos state alone has a bigger GDP than the entire country of Kenya. Another fact.

      You are the one that is deluded for not being able to accept the harsh truth. My point is very clear, but let me explain it to you again. If certain parts of Nigeria feel they can do better on their own, whether because they want a religious state or because they think they deserve the oil, they should kukuma go. Lagos and anyone that wants to join a country that includes Lagos will be more than fine.

      This has nothing to do with ethnicity – has it occurred to you there is a reason why you don’t have serious ethnic or religious tension in Lagos like in the north? People should choose where they want to go – the north, Biafra, or a federation that is led by Lagos.

    • Naijatalk

      July 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      @weezy, Lagos has the highest GDP, fact. And how did that come to be? Care to shed more light? Want to go down that history?
      Again this has nothing to do with ethnicity, but your first comment was very ignorant and yes you are deluded if you think that the SW is the mainstay of Nigeria’s technological and commercial brilliance. Take that to the bank.
      Again I ask, asides Lagos what obtains in the SW. Recognize and respect the contributors and contributions from the different regions of the country.
      Grandiose illusions

    • Didi

      July 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Interesting how no one has commented on the ethnicist slant of this post. Not withstanding the favors that came with Lagos being Nigeria’s capital for close to 100 years and before Abuja.

      I guess because the post is in favor of the right tribe? If it were the peeps from “across the niger” (so to speak) the responses regarding boastfulness and arrogance would have been over 20.

      God dey.

    • Iris

      July 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Because Lagos owes whatever success it has solely to the ‘rest of you’? Abegi.

  4. Muse

    July 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Restructing, if managed well, would bring great development to the country. “Exclusive list” should be thrown into the bin. All states should handle their resources, and give a little percentage to the centre.
    The centre is just too huge. But then, I thought the legislative arm should be making laws to this effect.

  5. Mannie

    July 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I’m glad Ekweremadu acknowledges the problem; and he’s right that there’s little his office can do- at this initial stage of restructuring- to involve the youth in politics. I have three ideas on this issue:

    – Reduce the minimum age required for people to ask to be voted into office from 35 years to 18. It doesn’t make any sense that an 18 year-old can vote but cannot be voted for. Mhairi Black for the UK’s SNP is the youngest MP at 21 and she’s one of it’s most vocal MPs.

    – Reduce the barrier of entry to campaign for political office. With 27 million naira as the asking price for political candidates to register their intent to campaign for office, a lot of young people simply cannot afford to ask to be voted for; no matter how good their policies sound. I propose a fee of 100,000 naira which becomes non-refundable after a certain number of people voted for the individual in an election.

    – Any Nigerian should be able to campaign from any part of Nigeria regardless of ethnicity. This may be under the condition that the individual was born and raised in the area.

  6. nwa nna

    July 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Bia biko, hasn’t the same Ekwwremadu speaking been sucking from the proverbial ala Nigeria? He and his likes only speak to make themselves look good, but truth be told he & his cohorts are in fact part of the problem stunting Nigeria’s growth by failing to do their jobs!!
    I pray that soonest the oil dries up completely, then each state can look inwards for IGR…

  7. nnenne

    July 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

    All this talk about Lagos, thought it was Nigeria’s capital?
    So it now belongs to the west?
    Even as it is developed with oil money?
    Very interesting!

    Ekweremadu has a point.
    We need to be amending the atrocities done by Nigerian military autocracy, if we want to move forward!

  8. I_I

    July 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I personally am in support of the country splitting. We cannot continue to delude ourselves. The last elections revealed several fractures in our country, and the religious and tribal rhetori is only growing louder and more bitter daily. I personally have had to start avoiding a few old acquaintances and plugging my ears at work, cos its really gotten that bad.

    It may not be the best move economically, but I think we would all have some peace + we could at least all turn our insults away from our so-called “fellow Nigerians”.

    Infact if such a movement kicks off today, I would proudly donate time and money to it.

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