Constitutional Review: Umahi advocates for state police, devolution of power

June 3, 2021
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Constitutional Review: Umahi advocates for state police, devolution of power

Posted by News Express | 3 June 2021 | 81 times

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•Governor Umahi

By CHARLES IWUOHA

As the National Assembly begins the process of constitutional amendment, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called for the establishment of State Police to contain the deteriorating security situation in the country.

He made the call while declaring open the second day of the zonal public hearing of the House of Representatives Special Committee on the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held in Enugu.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, noted that the federal police currently can no longer secure the lives and property of Nigerians, adding: “States should be allowed to evolve a peculiar policing system that will guarantee the security of lives and property of their citizens.”

The Governor lamented that the present security situation in the South-East has discouraged indigenes from investing in the zone. He challenged the people of the zone not to allow their businesses to be further eroded by worsening state of anarchy.

Governor Umahi also used the occasion to ask for devolution of powers to allot more powers to states and local government councils so as to give the Federal Government more opportunities to play supervisory roles.

While canvassing for equity and fairness, the Governor insisted that Ndigbo should be given a level playing field to enable them excel. “We want to be given a sense of belonging and to be shown in practice that no part of Nigeria is more Nigerian than Ndigbo, who have their greatest investments outside their homestead.”

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Toby Okechukwu, explained that the exercise was organised to garner views and ensure they are reflected in the process of the constitutional amendment.

Source: News Express


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