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Oronsaye report: Fasoranti commends Tinubu, says ‘it’s an act of courage’

Oronsaye report: Fasoranti commends Tinubu, says ‘it’s an act of courage’
February 28
20:31 2024

Reuben Fasoranti, chairman of Afenifere elders caucus, has commended President Bola Tinubu for directing the full implementation of the Oronsaye report.

Fasoranti spoke when he received Tinubu at his residence in Akure, Ondo state on Wednesday.

“It is an act of courage and sagacity for you to adopt the Oronsanye report as the basis to reform the public service. This is a welcome development,” Fasoranti said.

Fasoranti also urged Tinubu to restructure the country and enthrone true federalism to end the nation’s problem of double-digit inflation, foreign currency shortages, a weakening naira, widespread insecurity, amongst other issues.

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“You know that since the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the Yoruba people, led by Afenifere, have been in the forefront of the campaign for the restructuring of Nigeria,” Fasoranti said.

“It is now incumbent on you to address this issue of constitutional reforms with courage, fairness and determination. We know we cannot return to the past, but we have to seek a future where regional competitions would bring out the best in our country as it did during the first republic.

“We seek therefore a true federal republic that would reflect fiscal federalism. If derivation principle is good for oil, why is it not good for value added tax for example?”

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He said Nigeria needs to plan for eventualities so that each region would not be overwhelmed by challenges.

“For the people of the south-west, restructuring also has a more pressing meaning,” he said.

“Today, Nigeria has a population of 200 million which would double in the next 25 years to 400 million. However, the south-west is facing an avalanche of migration from the other zones of the country to the extent that in 25 years’ time, if the current trend continues, the south-west would be home to 50 percent of the population of Nigeria.

“We need to plan for this eventuality on a regional scale. We need to be prepared so that our region would not be overwhelmed by imported challenges.”

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He also urged Tinubu to seek institutional reforms that would strengthen Nigeria and make it safer and more prosperous.

“Try and balance the budget and execute capital projects that would create more employments. We thank you for welcoming the idea of state policing,” he added.

The elder stateman said Afenifere wants each geopolitical zone to have greater responsibilities for security, food production and infrastructural development.

“Since the removal of fuel subsidy, which was costing Nigeria 10 billion dollars yearly, the state governments have been receiving hefty allocations from the federation account,” he said.

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“Mr president should persuade the governors to allow this change of fortune for the states to reflect at the grassroots so that life can be better for our people.

“They should not just buy rice and yams for the people. They should create employment, improve education and build new infrastructures.

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“Today, life is truly challenging for most people and the state governments have an important role to play to transform the society.

“You have done well with trying to reposition our economy and reform the public service. We salute your courage in tackling many issues that have remained unresolved for many years.”

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Responding, Tinubu said his government is aware of the challenges confronting Nigerians, assuring that his administration’s policies will bring positive solutions to the challenges.

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