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Implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference – Gana to FG

Former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana, has called on the federal government to implement the recommendations contained in the report of the 2014 National Conference.

He stated that it was unfortunate the document had not been opened by the government.

He made the call in Abuja while interacting with newsmen on the issues of Nigeria’s federalism and other challenges facing the nation.

Gana, who is of the view that Nigeria was due for the effective devolution of power among the federating units, said that if the solutions recommended in the 2014 Confab report were implemented, the country’s development would be greatly enhanced.

He said: “Only true federalism can work in a huge country like Nigeria that is full of cultural, religious and historical diversities.

“If we must tell ourselves the truth, the structure and devolution of power in our federation is faulty. A true federal state must equitably structure its federating units.

“If we say the federating units are the states and the centre, then we must also agree to devolve power and functions appropriately to the federating units and help them to generate the resources to perform those functions effectively.

“In 2014, we gathered a very huge conference and over 600 recommendations were generated by consensus. Even if it is just 10 percent of that was implemented, we are going somewhere.

“It is important that the Federal Government takes a look at the major recommendations of that Confab with a view to examining them and implementing those that will help us to move forward.”

The elder statesman further called on governments at all levels to deliver more developmental projects to the people and build on the existing ones saying that “we must guard against over-centralizing power so that governments at all levels can be appropriately empowered to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.”

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