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Obaseki: We Have Global Inflation, But Ours is Excess

Joel Osaigbovo Aluge, Reporting

Benin City, Edo State

Governor Obaseki is emphasizing the need for decentralization in securing Nigeria, suggesting that relying solely on the federal government may not be sufficient. Decentralization can empower local authorities to address security challenges more effectively.

Obaseki had a candid and engaging conversation with the media crew in Benin City. Hosting media representatives can provide an opportunity for leaders to share their perspectives and engage in dialogue on various issues.

Governor Obaseki covered a wide range of topics during the interview, including his thoughts on the state of the nation, his achievements in serving the people of Edo, and his plans for the future after leaving office. I’m sure readers will find his insights and plans interesting and informative.

He however said, restructuring can be necessary for growth and adaptation, ensuring efficiency and relevance. It’s about finding the balance between maintaining stability and embracing change.

Both Bola Ige and Alex Ekwueme were prominent figures in Nigerian politics who emphasized the importance of local identity within the broader Nigerian context. Ige’s statement highlights the significance of grassroots politics and the connection individuals have to their local communities. Ekwueme’s advocacy for six regions reflects the historical discussion around regionalism as a means to accommodate Nigeria’s diverse ethnic and cultural groups while maintaining a unified national identity. Their viewpoints highlight the complex dynamics of identity and governance in Nigeria.

We are where we are now, we are 36 states, and we cannot do much about it, I am not sure Delta wants to join us again to be Bendel. No, we are 36 states. How do we now organize ourselves among the 36 states? The first thing is to devolve power to everybody. Let us now have a strong centre in a different way; let those who are strong enough be on their own, but we all must now contribute to the centre and not the centre taking it, and then saying, you, take this or that.

It should be the reverse; otherwise, we will not get the full potential of the country because this country is too rich.

Implementing significant changes like restructuring requires political will and consensus among lawmakers, which can be challenging to achieve in any political environment. To move towards such reforms, it often requires grassroots advocacy, public pressure, and leadership from within the government to prioritize the issue and negotiate compromises. Building coalitions, fostering dialogue, and demonstrating the benefits of restructuring for all stakeholders can help overcome resistance and pave the way for meaningful reform.



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