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Nigerians want true federalism -Nkanga

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A former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State has said that the solution to Nigeria was not geographically restructuring but proper management of resources, saying Osinbajo mis-represented the restructuring Nigerians are advocating.

Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd) who is also the chairman Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) told Newsmen in Uyo that what the different section of the country were clamoring for was fiscal federalism and true federalism and not geographical restructuring as expressed by Osinbanjo.

He Wonder why the VP left out the twist two and most important pillars of restructuring even after admitting in his statement that he (Osinbanjo) was a strong advocate of fiscal federalism and had even gone to court over the matter, when he was the Attorney General of Lagos State.

Nkanga described the VP’S statement on restructuring as unfair and incorrect. He said “I have always said that the restructuring that we have been talking about is in three pillars, fiscal federalism is the one that the Niger Delta recognises as the prime pillar of restructuring. The second pillar is true Federalism.

“The third pillar is the restructuring of the federating unit but that is not the restructuring we are advocating.
Osibanjo, he said, misrepresented the definition of restructuring stands for, by what he had said.”

Earlier, Coordinator of the programme, Rev. Sr. Bernadette Ezeliora said the celebration of world space week with the young scientist had consistently been celebrated in the state since 2014.

She said that the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM FAIR) had been added to world space week and would run concurrently as an annual event.

“We want to help these young minds to develop technological skills to solve the problem facing the society and Anambra State. It is the only state in Nigeria that has been consistent in celebrating the event,” she said.

Ezeliora emphasised that young scientists would gain a lot from the event, having listened to the various speakers.

Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Nnamdi Obikeze said that he was impressed with the display of the students’ handiwork.

“I encourage the students to continue with what they have started and I also appeal to the state government to continue to identify with the organisers of the event,” Obikeze said.

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