By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday marked its second year anniversary with a call on the Federal Government to begin the process of restructuring the country.
The anniversary was marked with a special plenary session attended by Governor Seyi Makinde, and other political functionaries and dignitaries.
In his anniversary remark, the Speaker, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin said with the various challenges confronting the Nigeria, there could not have been a more better time than now for President Muhammadu Buhari to hearken to the call for restructuring of the country.
He added that the restructuring should commence with the review of the 1999 Constitution.
The Speaker noted that the Federal Government was having too much power, adding that it should devolve some power to the States and local councils.
According to him, some items on the Exclusive Legislative List should be moved to the Concurrent Legislative List.
“There’s too much concentration of power at the center. As a House we are saying that some items in the Exclusive Legislative List like Item 2 (Arms, Ammunition and Explosives), Item 3 (Aviation), Item 39 (Mines and Minerals), Item 45 (Police and other security agencies), Item 55 (Railways), and Item 63 (Traffic on Federal Trunk Roads) should be moved to Concurrent and Residual Legislative Lists.
“I believe if restructuring is done, States and local governments will have the power to effectively manage their internal security using State and local Police.
“This means each States will be able to tackle security challenges headlong. I want to stress that most of the items on the Exclusive Legislative List would be more effectively managed at the State and local levels,” he stated
While highlighting the achievements of the 9th Assembly in the last two years, Hon Ogundoyin said it passed 56 bills and 83 resolutions.
This, he maintained was aside from the various oversight functions carried out by the lawmakers.
“We would have achieved much more in the year under review but for the break occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the strike by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).
“May I reiterate that we will not compromise on our constitutional responsibility of lawmaking and adequate representation and effective oversights,” the Speaker added.
He equally acknowledged the support the governor has been given to the f Assembly, noting that the harmonious working relationship which existed between the Executive, Legislature, and the Judiciary in the State was second to none.
Lawmakers in their comments at the plenary commended the Governor Makinde for the numerous developmental projects embarked upon by his administration
They said that every zone has continued to witness the transformation programmes of the governor.
Highlight of the Special Plenary session was the passing of vote of confidence on the governor whom they all described as People’s Governor.
The 9th Assembly was inaugurated on 10th June, 2019.