APC to present restructuring panel report to Nigerians today

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John Alechenu, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress is to present the report of its panel on true federalism to members of the public on Wednesday.

It was gathered in Abuja, on Monday, that the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party resolved to make the document public as part of efforts to enhance transparency.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed this development in a telephone interview with our correspondent.

He confirmed that the party was poised to present the document to the public as part of the process that would lead to its validation by other organs of the APC before the party’s final position would be announced.

In response to a question on whether it was true that the party was preparing to present the document to the public on Wednesday, Abdullahi said, “Yes.”

He explained that, “After the public presentation, the National Working Committee will then make its input after which it will be presented to the caucus and the National Executive Committee.

“After the party’s NEC approves the final draft, parts of the report, which will require legislation or an amendment to the Nigerian constitution, will be forwarded to the National Assembly while those requiring immediate executive action will be forwarded to the President.”

The Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led panel had presented its final report to the APC NWC on Thursday last week.

The committee made 10 far-reaching recommendations for the devolution of powers to states in order to restructure Nigeria.

The panel, among other things, proposed that greater autonomy should be granted to states by moving certain items from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

The chairman of the committee, el-Rufai, who is also the governor of Kaduna State, presented the report to the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led APC National Working Committee.

It recommended for the movement of certain items from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list in order to grant greater autonomy to the states to handle their affairs.

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