|Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN
letter to President Muhammadu Buhari dated 5th December 2019, proposed a new development
model called Cooperative Federalism.
believes Cooperative Federalism and Economic Transformation if well executed
will be accepted by all Nigerians who simply want a good life; good health
care, jobs etc.
Now that we have come to the end
of elections by the decision of the Supreme Court, political federalism or by
its more popular name “restructuring” may be the way to go but it has not been
understood and generally accepted. I understand it but many ask, what is
it is nationally accepted. It would appear to me that political restructuring
even though important is dividing us and impeding development. I suggest that
it may be time to talk about another model of development whilst the
restructuring debate continues. I think what might unite us all in the quest
for development is Cooperative Federalism and Economic Transformation.
development. Infrastructure and power readily come to mind. Based on the
principle of subsidiarity in Federalism which is incorporating the government
closest to the people, infrastructure can be commonly developed, for instance,
the East West High Way that has been uncompleted because responsibility
excludes relevant state governments but under the principle of subsidiarity
including state governments improves implementation and also ownership.
no doubt that Cooperative Federalism and Economic Transformation if well
executed will be accepted by all Nigerians who simply want a good life; good
health care, jobs etc.