Govs are Parasites, Says Babachir Lawal

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Wants two tiers of govt

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, has disclosed that if he has his way, the country will have only federal and local governments.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Lawal described governors as “parasites” who take a major share of the country’s resources and “abuse” it.

Speaking on the proposed constitutional amendment, the former SGF said there is a need to have a federal government because some institutions of state need to have a national outlook. “I’m not a constitutional expert but I know that if I had my way in the setup of this country, the governors in the middle are just parasites that are taking the major share of the resources that are supposed to the go to states, they abuse it,” Lawal said.

“If I had my way, there would be federal government and local governments, such that the resources that are due to the state would be shared equally with the local government at that level and a lot of things will be done.

“In the case of the federal government, we understand why it has to be federal government. There are some institutions that have to be national in itself. The army for example, the federal police must be there, foreign affairs must be there but the states; we can devolve the powers back of the states to the local governments.

“At the local government, they are closer to the people; because they are closer to the people, people are able to monitor them. People are able to get in touch with them, people are able to check their excess if any.”

The former SGF, according to TheCable, also said it would be best for the country to have a unicameral legislature.

“Another option will be to return back to the parliamentary system, where everybody in the parliament is an elected official that is accounted to the people, one who would be president would have been one the election,” he said.

“The presidential system is so expensive and the presidential system has concentrated power and authority on one person and whoever else he chooses to delegate that authority to.

“In a place like Nigeria where we have different aspirations and different belief systems and different world views, decision making needs to be decentralised.”