Constitution restructuring’ll revive Nigeria’s economy — HURILAWS
Human Rights Law Service, HURILAWS, has said the crucial issues in the nation’s constitution that should be looked at to revive Nigeria’s economy, include restructuring of the political arrangement to strengthen the states and local governments through the devolution of more powers and funding.
Programmes Officer of HURILAWS, Mr Collins Okeke, contended in Lagos that the major cause of the political and economic tension in in the country was because Nigerians were yet to decide on the constitution which largely accounted for the extremely fragile and slow development of the country.
At a media parley, Okeke noted that the crucial issue in the nation’s constitution included restructuring the political arrangement to strengthen the states and local governments through the devolution of more powers and funding.
According to him: “Ànother issue is to review the legislative list, to reduce the exclusive list which as it stands confers too much power, responsibilities and wealth at the centre as well as the concurrent list which empowers the federal government and gives it more say in matters that ordinarily should be the exclusive domain of state governments.”
“The federal government should strengthen key institutions that support democracy like the courts, INEC, Police, ICPC, Accountant General, Attorney General, CBN, National Human Right Commission, EFCC, Public Defender, Code of Conduct Bureau, Auditor-General etc.”