APC Governors to review report on ‘True Federalism’

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The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that they would review the report of True Federalism Committee led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

The members of the PGF steering committee on Governance, who met yesterday in Abuja, said they were studying the report of the Kaduna State governor-led committee on restructuring and intend to draw out areas of constitutional amendment to be sent to the National Assembly for action.

Aside the issue of restructuring, the governors said other issues like security, economy, education, health and others will be addressed in such ways that will bring about good governance in all the APC states.

Briefing journalists after the meeting of the PGF steering committee led by the Co-Chairmen, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, represented by his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu, alongside the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi and Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason, said the synergy with the National Assembly members become necessary for them to address issues of governance and constitution review that will be accepted in all APC states.

According to Shuaibu, the APC government intends to find ways of how the governors, the legislative arm of government and the party can have a synergy to drive its own manifesto and issue of governance in their various states.

He said the committee agreed that budgeting is critical and that all APC states should be on the same page, especially when it comes to the issue of project and the development of their states.

His words: “When we have that synergy between the governors and the legislators, both at the national and state levels, that will be the drive for us not to duplicate projects and be on the same page and help to drive the policies of the party and create the acceptability of the party.

“At the end of the day, the legislative arm and the governors are the political class and each time election comes, the issue that you want to achieve is there and the only way you can drive this process is only when there is collaboration and understanding of what you stand for.”

On his part, Senator Abdullahi said they met to review some of the recommendations of the report received by the party from the el-Rufai committee on restructuring and find ways of making the recommendation actionable.

He explained that they have also set up a sub-committee to come up with key areas requiring legislative and constitutional amendments, especially on issues of governance both at the state and federal levels.

He said the committee will work to bring out the areas that will be submitted to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and that with the approval of the President, the areas so recommended will be submitted to both the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Constitution review.

On his part, Akpatason said: “We are trying to reduce a whole lot of issues together to have a more compact position that reflects the party’s agenda for taking Nigeria to the next level, focusing on critical issues that Nigerians are concerned about and to properly align with the developmental efforts of the nation.”

It would be recalled that the True Federalism Committee was set up by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led APC NWC to see possible ways of restructuring the country.

The committee had since submitted its report with recommendations for State Police and other governance issues.

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