Governor Udom Emmanuel Knocks APC On Restructuring
The recommendation by the all progressives congress, APC, committee on true federalism for off shore oil to be vested in the federal government has received hard knocks from the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.
Speaking to newsmen in Uyo, the state capital, Governor Emmanuel cautioned against policies that would heat up the polity and hinder the implementation of true federalism.
The Governor noted that there is a clamour in some quarters for the review of the onshore/offshore dichotomy, reacting to part of reports presented by the Chairman, APC Committee on True Federalism, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and stressed that such clamour was not in the interest of most Nigerians.
Emmanuel frowned at the report which indicated that “all onshore resources should belong to the producing states while that of the offshore should be the exclusive reserve of the federal government”, explaining that such would breed crisis as it would not favour some states.
“I can only caution people that as at this time, people should not make comments that would fuel crisis in the country because any attempt to actually bring up that, would bring crisis in this country” , the Governor stated.
He indicated that the present situation calls for all to pray for peace instead of engaging in unguarded utterances explaining that it would check the breeding of things that do not augur well with certain sections of the country.
The State Chief Executive maintained that every call by groups and individuals in support of true federalism should be devoid of sentiments and sued for measures that would promote peaceful co-existence.