El-Rufai tells Buhari govt “we have no excuse” on restructuring Nigeria

Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna, has said it is time to restructure Nigeria in order to ensure equitable distribution of resources.

He stated this during a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House, held in Kaduna on Saturday.

The governor maintained that restructuring the country is in the best interest of ensuring sustainable development.

El-Rufai, who cited the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee on restructuring, noted that there was a need to reorganise the country’s constitutional framework in order to give states more control over certain resources.

The focus of the APC committee, which was set up in 2017 and chaired by el-Rufai, was to establish the party’s position on restructuring in line with ensuring that all Nigerians benefit from true federalism.

Under the proposed restructured framework, el-Rufai explained that states would have more control over the police, oil and gas resources, minerals, correctional facilities, stamp duties, registration of business names, among others.

“I am not aware of any significant constituency that is against the idea that states should exercise consequential powers, assume more responsibilities and control resources to enable them deliver better outcomes for those they govern. This will empower state governments to cease passing the buck to the president and the federal government when most of the problems our citizens face daily as a nation are, and can be solved by improved and focused governance at the states’ levels,” he said.

“It is time to make this sort of well-defined restructuring work, for the benefit of the peoples of this country.

“The report of our APC true federalism committee puts in one place the recommendations, and the legislative amendments to give life to a restructured polity. I therefore call on our federal legislators and the national assembly ad hoc committee on constitutional review to take advantage of our report and initiate the constitutional and legislative amendments in either a piece-meal or comprehensive manner without further delay.

“We, therefore, have no excuse not to seize this moment and do the heavy lifting for our country and our people. It is in our hands to make the structures, laws and constitutional arrangements in our country conducive to modern governance that will ensure our nation thrives in the 21st century.”

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Obong of Calabar asks Governor Ayade to step aside

The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Otu, has asked the governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade to step aside, Daily Trust reports.

Otu blamed Ayade for the vandalism, looting and destruction of public and private property in the state last week.

The traditional leader reportedly said the governor needs to step aside to enable an interim administration come up so that he can learn governance.

The Obong spoke when a former governor of the state, Liyel Imoke, paid homage to him.

“He (Ayade) has not been holding security meeting regularly. This thing would not have happened if he had called the security people together after hearing what happened in Lagos and other places; If he had called them together and tell them,...

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Sexy and sassy Ghanaian actress, Ella Mensah has cleared stated that she doesn't see herself as a controversial celebrity.

"I don’t think I’m controversial, I just think some people have chosen to always misquote me or twist whatever I say, which now, I don’t care anymore."

I’m no longer explaining myself to anyone anymore, everybody should believe whatever they want to believe about me. I’m comfortable with that 100 percent," she told Kemi Filani News.

Speaking on her social media lifestyle and coping with online fans, Mensah, a single mum of one shares her memorable moment.

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Halloween: 5 best celebrity costumes of 2020

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The trouble and social distancing measures may have forced a lot of Americans and celebrities to stay at home for Halloween, but it didn't stop them from rocking their costumes and having fun.

This year’s batch of A-list costumes saw its customary share of topical pop-culture references (with more than a few allusions to Tiger King and Schitt’s Creek) as well as a few timeless classics like “Sexy Power Rangers,” “Sexy Little Red Riding Hood,” and, of course, “Sexy Freddy Krueger.”

Kemi Filani News brings to you, 5 best celebrity Halloween costumes of 2020.

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