Constitution evaluation: Akwa-Ibom, Rivers’ Governors Demand 100% useful resource management by states

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By Tordue Salem

The Governors of Akwa-Ibom and Rivers States, Udom Emmanuel and Nyesom Wike, have demanded a return to the 1963 Constitution and the elimination of useful resource management from the Exclusive List of the 1999 Constitution, to permit the 36 states of Nigeria to mine their sources and pay tax to the federal authorities.

Besides, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State Assembly took a special stand with the Akwa-Ibom Governor on the problem of autonomy for the Local tier of presidency in states.

The states individually made the demand on Tuesday on the “Zonal Public Hearing” on the evaluation of the 1999 Constitution in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.

The Attorneys-General of Akwa-Ibom State, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, in his presentation on behalf of the state authorities, known as for the adoption of the 1963 Constitution, to permit states of the federation, thoughts their sources and pay a royalty to the federal authorities.

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“The Akwa Ibom State government, wants the National Assembly, to adopt the 1999 Constitution which gives the states, 100% control of their resources”, he acknowledged.

Earlier, the Head of Service, Rivers State Government, Barr. Rufus Godwin, in his submission, on behalf of the Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, kicked in opposition to 13 per cent derivation for states.

He insisted that states needs to be allowed to manage their sources and compete favourably with different states of the federation.

“The constitution should be amended to allow for states to control their resources; you can’t be mining our resources and giving us only 13% derivation. It is not acceptable. It is wrong”, he careworn.

Mr. Godwin, additionally insisted on the justifiability chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution, which he opined, was crucial a part of the 1999 Constitution.

“The entire Chapter 2 of the Constitution, is actually the heart and soul of the 1999 Constitution, but sadly, it’s not justiciable. Section 6 paragraph c, says none of these principles, can be challenged in court, so this is no constitution at all”, he submitted.

He additionally condemned the appointment of the majority safety chiefs, from one aspect of the nation.

The Rivers Government, additionally known as for Judicial Autonomy, insisting, State judges needs to be appointed by state Governors, as in opposition to their appointment by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

He, together with the Akwa Ibom State authorities additionally backed State Policing, demanding its inclusion in a brand new Constitution.

“We want State Police, which will be funded by state governments and controlled by the state government”, Mr. Godwin proposed.

He additionally known as for Independent candidates to be included within the new structure.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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