IBB Too Brandishes Restructuring

By cattnews on June 27, 2017


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Former military president, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, seldom, talks and when he does everybody listens and his words, definitely, do carry the desired weight.

The general did speak, on Monday, in what seems like an Eid-el-fitri message to Nigerians cum address at prayers to mark his 76th birthday celebration at the Hilltop Mansion, Minna, Niger State.

One cannot trust the aging Maradona, his intentions are always well hidden.

With the second coming of former president Olusegun Obasanjo as civilian president, having earlier served as military head of state and the recent successful bid of the country’s present president, Muhammadu Buhari, one should not for once forget that the Minna-born general too is itching to stage his own come back, actually he is next in line should such unholy tradition continues.

So IBB did talk and what he said borders on his past experience and continued foray into various developments in the country.

He said, “The time to restructure Nigeria has come.”

Towards restructuring the country, Babangida called for the devolution of more powers from the federal level to the states even as he urged Nigerians to embrace the creation of state police. 

General Babangida, also, said: “Nigeria, my dear country, is not a stranger to crisis, nor is she immune to it. In a profound sense, she can be said to have been created out of crisis, a nation state that will continue to strive to subdue and transcend crises. In over a century of its formalized colonial architecture, Nigeria has grown and made remarkable progress in the midst of crises. The most tragic and horrendous episode in Nigeria’s history has been the 30 month Civil War of July 1967 to January 1970, in which many of our compatriots lost their lives. Indeed, many others also suffered terrible injuries of human and material dimensions.”

While the thrust and content of his message was from a particular standpoint and perspective, here is from another standpoint and perspective.

At this juncture in the history of the country, three matters are of much priority, to wit:- the Quit Notice issued by some groups in the North to the Igbo residing in the region; the continued clamour for the State of Biafra and of course, the issue of restructuring.

It is sad to note that Nigeria from its independence in 1960 till date (2017) has not been blessed with quality leadership at the national or federal level.

In fact, on the performance index, the rating of the achievements of the country’s leaders from independence has moved from ‘bad’ to ‘worse’ and it is still sliding further down.  

Keeping in view the ongoing agitation in the South-East vis a vis the quality of leadership obtainable in the country, two situations came to mind.

The South-South geo-political zone has clamoured for several things and given.

The zone demanded for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and got it; it appealed for ‘derivation’ and got it; it even got a federal ministry in the bargain.

To top it all, it got the ‘Presidency’, which the Igbo nation is presently clamouring for, on a platter of gold, and after five years of former president Goodluck Jonathan, the Ogoni Land still needs the ‘clean-up’ of its environment!

In the South-East, where so much tension reigns right now, seventeen years of democracy have left very little impact.

Assessing the performance of the present crop of governors, Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu; Anambra, Willie Obiano; Ebonyi, David Umahi; Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Imo, Rochas Okorocha, only Okorocha probably stands out.

Not that Okorocha is doing anything different from what others in the past and present have done, he has actually been overly not too impressive in his handling of the state purse, but he is being separated from the pack in just one area in which he is doing the unexpected; Education.

Okorocha is running ‘Free Education’ in his state and that is not only remarkable but highly significant, perhaps, his foray into that area as a philanthropist before becoming governor had prepared him well, but, at least, he is giving his people something to hold onto.

Still on education,  the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole, revealed in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, that no fewer than 38 universities across the country have increased their tuition fees as a result of poor funding by the Federal and State governments.

The statement which assessed the two years of President Muhammadu Buhari in office, lamented that the current government had made Nigerians poorer.

Omole said that the public education was not taken seriously because most children of the rich and those in high offices do not attend school in Nigeria.

“The latest increment might be attributed to poor funding by the federal and state governments as ASUU poorly rated the President Muhammadu Buhari in the area of funding of university education.”

ASUU also noted that it would be difficult for any Nigeria university to effectively compete globally with the inadequate allocation of budgetary funding as prescribed by UNESCO to fund education.

A cursory check shew that that University of Lagos (UNILAG) which was paying N14, 500 would now pay N63, 500 as tuition fees; Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), from N27, 000 to N41, 00; University of Nigeria (UNN), from N60, 450 to N66, 950; Obafemi Awolowo University, from N19, 700 to N55,700; Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), from N20, 100 to N65,920; Bayero University, Kano, from N26,000 to N40,000; University of Abuja, from N39,300 to N42,300 and Usman Danfodiyo University, from N32,000 to N41,000.

Other institutions that increased their fees include, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), from N36,000 to N41,000; University of Benin (UNIBEN), from N12, 000 to N49,500; University of Ilorin, from N16, 000 to N75,000 and Federal University of Technology, Akura (FUTA), from N13, 560 to N83,940.

Also in the list are: Federal University, Minna (FUTMINNA), from N20,000 to N37,000; University of Calabar, from N30,500 to N42,750 and University of Uyo, from N71, 000 to N84, 250.

Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, from N16,000 to N40,000; Osun varsity, from N95,000 to N135,500; Anambra State University, from N76,000 to N139, 000 and Lagos State University, from N96,750 to N158,250.

Ibrahim Badamosi Babangiga University, Lapai, from N25, 000 to N52, 000; Imo State University, from N120,000 to N150,000; Plateau State University, from N50,000 to N100,000 and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, from N57,000 to N75,000.

Others are: Ibadan Polytechnics, from N30,000 t0 N50,000; Abia Polytechnics, from N56,550 to N61,000; Auchi Polytechnic, from N14, 800 to N28,000 and Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, from N70,000 to N80,000.

Enugu State University of Science and Technology, N104,900 to N124,900; Kwara Polytechnic, Ilorin, from N28,000 to N44,000; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), from N65,000 to N72,500 and Tai Solarin University of Education, from N66,500 to N76,500.

Afe Babalola University, from N675,000 to N1,075,000; Igbinedion, from N540,000 to N820,000; Crawford university, from N400,000 to N600,000 and Redeemers University, from N545,000 to N605,000.

Also in the list are Covenant University, from N774, 500 to N814, 500 and Benson Idahosa University, from N284, 300 to N1, 150,000.

The simple fact, past and present leaders have never bothered to realize, is that ‘Governance’ is a ‘Social Contract’. 

Away from the razzmatazz of office, ‘Leaders’ must understand that they are occupying their positions in order to meet the citizens right at their very point of need.

IBB was quite off the mark when he stated that “No one government or administration can provide all the answers to the myriad of problems and challenges confronting us as a country; no matter how determined, resolute, committed and motivated such a government is.” 

It should be a matter of responsibility that any registered political party desiring to contest in any Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) organized election, should have in its manifesto and vision, blueprints on Free Education, Free Health Care, twenty-four hour power supply, reduction in the pump price of petroleum products, at least, by three-quarter from the current level, and availability of shelter, that is creating a conducive environment for home ownership. 

All these are basic provisions that should form the cardinal concern of even a presidential aspirant and also a gubernatorial aspirant.

There is nothing wrong with the country’s present Federal Structure, only that the Local Governments need to be truly detached from the state governments, the answer to the myriad of problems plaguing the country is not in ‘Quit Notice’, ‘State of Biafra’ and ‘Restructuring’ but in ‘Quality Leadership’.

Source cattnews

Posted 27/06/2017 7:26 PM




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