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NATIONAL CONFAB: ESAN ETHNIC GROUP SEEKS 8 GEO-POLITICAL ZONES

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By AGENE AKHERE,Benin
As the countdown to the proposed National Conference begins, the Esan ethnic nationality of Edo State has called for the restructuring of the country into eight functional, autonomous and competitive  regions.
At an enlarged meeting held in the palace of Onogie of Opoji, Ehidiamen 1, in Esan Central Local Government, the Esan called for the modeling of the regions after the Mid-West region, which they said till date remains the only democratically-created region in the country since 1963.
The regions, they said, could then create other structures such as states, local governments as they deem fit and could be financially viable outside support from the federal government.
The regions, they advocated, should leverage on their human and natural endowments to keep their citizens employed in productive ventures while keeping not less than 50 per cent of their revenues and agreeing to pay taxes to the Centre for common services such as the Armed Forces, Customs/Immigration, Common Currency, Foreign Affairs and the Federal Supreme Court.
Present at the meeting were Esan Traditional Rulers, Esan Elders Forum, Esan Professionals Ikolo Esan, former Governor Prof. Osaremen Osunbor, Vice-Chancellor AAU, Prof. (Mrs). Cordelia Agbebaku, Lawson Omokhodion, Ex-speakers in the state Assembly, representatives of political parties, Esan Leaders of Thought and Esan Youth Council of Nigeria.
The Esan ethnic group also frowned on the expensive nature of the presidential system of government as practiced today in Nigeria and advocated for a return to part-time parliamentary democracy, which they claim is less expensive, more transparent, more accountable, and more representative.
The Esan ethnic nationality also condemned a situation where military hardwares are kept in the Northern part of Nigeria and consequently advocated for the decentralization of the military hardware among the proposed eight regions such that no region can intimidate another as a result of their proximity to military hardware.
They advocated for the decentralization of the current Nigeria Police Force into regional and community policing because they are closer to the people, more friendly and would be well- kitted, well trained and well oriented to prevent and prosecute crimes.
The Esan people believe in the independence of the judiciary with a first line charge on the budget at both the federal and regional levels just as they advocated that recruitment, promotion and deployment of judicial officers should be handed by an independent commission both at the federal and regional levels.
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