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No further development without Restructuring – Stella Oduah



No further development without Restructuring - Stella Oduah

Senator Stella Oduah

As agitations for the restructuring of the country gather momentum, a senator has thrown her weight behind the call, saying it is inevitable.

Senator Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra North) said no meaningful development can be achieved unless the current political structure was modified to also guarantee social justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians across the six geo-political zones.

“We cannot go further than we have gone without restructuring for obvious reasons.

“For us from the South-East in particular, you cannot spank a child and at the same time forbid the child from crying. It is an abnormality.

“The National Assembly has been discussing it that this nation was built on the platform of fairness, justice and equity.

“That is what our Constitution is all about and so if a group says they have concerns, those concerns must be addressed,” she said at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

Oduah had served under President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration until 2015 as Minister of Aviation.

NAN reports that Jonathan, in the wake of agitations for restructuring, had on March 17, 2014, inaugurated a National Conference which had 492 delegates.

Receiving the report from the Conference Chairman, retired Chief Justice Idris Kutigi, on August 21, Jonathan’s government had promised that the outcome of the conference would be “utilized to settle the nation’s myriad of problems.”

“The deliberations of the conference will be utilized to settle the nation’s problems,” said Vice-President Namadi Sambo at a dinner for the delegates. The report was however, not implemented.

But Oduah said restructuring which the government at the time failed to carry out was the way forward.

“The issue is how you address the agitation to the extent that the expected yield which is fairness, justice and respect as opposed to disrespect is achieved. How to do that is through a dialogue; we must all bring to the table,’’ she said.

On the nature of restructuring required to bring an end to the rising agitations, the lawmaker suggested a holistic approach which would restructure political, economic and educational sectors as well as the security apparatus.

“The restructuring I am clamouring for is a holistic one to the extent that I am first a Nigerian and then the locality where I come from by accident of birth becomes secondary.

“The primary thing is that I am a Nigerian and I have to have a sense of belonging.

“The details of restructuring have to be discussed and it must be holistic because you cannot do partial restructuring for a better country.

“Women as a gender must be priority in the restructuring because women make up about 60 per cent of the country’s population.

“You can imagine the level of development the country will have if it actively involves 60 per cent of its strength in governance.

“The youth and their welfare must also be prioritized. So, it has to be very holistic,’’ she stressed.

According to Oduah, the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference were “robust enough” to set the platform for a holistic restructuring of the country.

Oduah, who said she had gone through the content of the report, noted that it touched on almost all the concerns of Nigerians from the different regions.

She senator added: “I believe that the delegates at the confab must have spent enormous amount of time, efforts and resources. So, we need to look at it and address the issues agitating our minds.’’

The former minister promised that the 8th Senate would play a major role in helping to restructure the economy and the country.

“The Senate, having requested for the report before proceeding on recess, will ensure that it is submitted while necessary action will be taken,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. tony

    September 11, 2017 at 2:19 am


    • Lolarae

      September 11, 2017 at 2:31 am

      you just attacked the messenger not the message

    • Fence

      September 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

      You really think this present government is innocent? its either you are part of this current government beneficial wise or you are just being mischievous. The amount of corruption/stealing going on currently is mind boggling. Those who know, know whatsupp. The only difference is that the media is scared to go against this government so they dont publish much.

    • Kikiki

      September 11, 2017 at 9:10 am

      A typical Nigerian youth who feed on media accusation! Have you ever wondered that the entire SS and SE PEP member’s are called thieves? Use your brain Tony.
      Nigeria has to be fair to all.

    • ND babe

      September 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Stelly, if only you had used your time in the Jonathan years to deliver and act on this speech. Mtcheew.

  2. Ekene

    September 11, 2017 at 3:08 am

    When she wasn’t found guilty by any court. She was accused and she defended herself. She is no thief !!!

    • A Real Nigerian

      September 11, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Idiot. It is foolish people like you that will disgrace yourselves in public rallying for thieves, charlatans and fraudsters either because you shamelessly want a share of stolen money or you are too dense to see what is right in front of you.
      Keep on defending a looter and be there waiting for a court filled with corrupt judges to find a fellow thief guilty.

    • Facts

      September 11, 2017 at 10:16 am

      @ A Real Nigerian,
      After all the insults, after advertising your expertise in the use of gutter language, please, tell me how Stella Oduah is looter. Don’t prove it in court oh. Just say it here on BN. Convince me and other readers.
      Oduah is the best aviation minister Nigeria has ever had. And if you know of a better aviation minister, please, tell me.

  3. tony

    September 11, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Dont mind these fools. Mediocriy personified

    • artklub

      September 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Chill B. Listen to the message that is all.
      You are over reacting,
      How is restructuring a threat to anyone struggling in Nigeria today, unless they are directly benefitting from current lopsided situation.
      Let her speak. It might be the best thing she ever did politically, just this act of speaking out when it matters the most.

  4. sharon

    September 11, 2017 at 7:13 am

    The message is pretty clear and simple, I as a nigerian has to have a sense of belonging. I shouldn’t feel like an outsider cos i’m not Hausa. Stella, thank you. Yes to restructuring

  5. Remi

    September 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

    the message is clear…..i wonder why the attack on someone for speaking out the truth especially when many people are afraid of saying the obvious

  6. ND babe

    September 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Now to the content of her speech – Y’all can now see how it feels to sit on the oil that fuels northern private jets while all you are left with is a nasty swim in the wake of an exploded pipeline. Your lot in life is to be coated in a film of oil inside and outside from contaminated drinking water, and then they wont even allocate you reasonable seats at the table. Being a second class citizen is a biatch. Unfortunate that people have the scales pulled from their eyes only when they have lost the opportunity to right wrongs. We spent all those Jonah years appeasing the north and leaving the southerners hanging in the corner and waiting for permission to breathe. Why did it have to take an Irish Nigerian Ibo who sounds crazy enough to be willing to die for people who dont value him bringing the same idea under the cover of extremism to garner this speech and others I have heard recently? Too disappointed in the so called eastern leaders. Too disappointed. You all are self serving. I suspect that even if they carved out your part of the country and handed it to you to rule, the conditions of the common man would be worse.

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