Mamora Calls for Devolution of Powers

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Jun 22, 2011 No Comments ›› ACN (ji)

Former Senate Deputy Minority Leader Olorunnimbe Mamora has called for constitutional amendment that would guarantee devolution of powers in the spirit of federalism.

He also canvassed increased functions and funding for the states, stressing that the second tier is closer to the people than the federal government.

Mamora, who was a member of Senate from 2003 to 2011, said that the review of the constitution has become imperative to foster true federalism and consolidate democracy and the electoral process.

He spoke at a valedictory press conference at his Ogudu, Lagos Constituency Office, where his successor, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Senator Gbenga Ashafa, hailed his contributions to democratic consolidation and promised to live up to expectation like him.

Mamora suggested the expunging from the constitution powers of the National Assembly to list newly created councils in the country, arguing that it conflicts with the power of the Houses of Assembly to create local governments.

He also called for the elimination of “fringe political parties,” saying that they constitute opportunistic political pathogenes seeking relevance through the back door.

Mamora stressed: “The mushroom parties have no offices. Their membership comprise of family members. They came together to endorse president Goodluck Jonathan and some governors. I call for multi-party system, with five vibrant and valiant parties”

The ACN chieftain also asked the Senate to reduce its committees from 54 to 40 for efficient management.

He added: “There is need for continuous capacity building for senators and legislative staff for better service delivery. Senate should request from the President the portfolios of ministerial nominees for efficient confirmation hearing exercise.”

Hailing Mamora for offering quality representation, Ashafa said: “posterity would continue to hold him in high esteem, particularly for the Tobacco Bill he sponsored, which became law.”

He added: “So much was done by him and they cannot be too much in the quest to meet the yearnings of the electorate. I am particularly honoured to witness the rendering of account of stewardship. I am carrying on from where he stopped.

“The fulfillment that comes with creditable service encourages and inspires me to build on his accomplishments”.

At the press conference were the former Special Adviser of Environment, Hon. Sesan Olanrewaju, chairman of Ikosi-Isherri council, Kunle Soname and vice chairman of Kosofe council, Gbenga Aka-Bashorun.


The Nation

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