Thursday, December 7

Former INEC boss, Attahiru Jega advised Buhari on how to restructure Nigeria

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on how to go about the much publicized issue of restructuring in the country.

Jega told the President to restructure in order to resolve the narrative of poor governance in the country and review the revenue allocation formula.

Jega’s view was conveyed in his keynote address on, “Governance Reforms and Human Security in Nigeria” at the 10th Annual Forum of Laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit, NNOM, and 2017 Award Winners’ Investiture on Wednesday in Abuja.

The former INEC Chairman also called for accelerated review of the Electoral Act to boost the integrity of the electoral system.

Jega is currently a political science scholar at the Bayero University, Kano, BUK.

He called for a restructuring of the present federal system before 2019 to “devolve some powers and responsibilities, and commensurate resources, from the federal to state governments.”

He noted that there is need for reforms in four fundamental areas of governance, namely: “the structure, the institutions, the agents/actors and the attitudes/behaviors, adding, “If only Nigeria could begin the governance reform processes with the urgency, as well as the serious commitment that it deserves, we can in a reasonably short time de-escalate tension in the polity and begin to strengthen the foundation of good democratic governance for human security.”

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