Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and some other Afenifere leaders have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently implement the 2014 National Conference Report.
Mimiko said this during a Yoruba summit which has as its theme, “Economic Downturn and Employment in Yorubaland,” held at the International Event Centre, Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He said “The overreaching recommendation of the confab was the need for political restructuring. This is to retain a federal system of government with states as the federating units, with all the powers and resources thereto.
“It would allow states that wish to merge to do so in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), a possibility that is no longer too far-fetched given the financial crises in which most states of the federation have now found themselves.
“The restructuring would also accommodate the establishment of state police to enhance national security. In the economic domain, exploitation of solid minerals would be taken from the Exclusive Legislative list, such that states would be able to harness the solid minerals in their jurisdictions, thus creating employment, generating more revenue and developing at their own pace.”
Pa Rueben Fasonrati, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Olanihun Ajayi, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, Chief Olu Falae, Brig. Gen. Raji Rasaki (retd.), Dr. Kunle Olajide and Chief Sehinde Arogbofa were among those who attended the summit.