Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said that what Nigeria needs to undergo was fiscal and not geographical restructuring, positing that the state’s should have a better deal that they currently enjoy.
Tambuwal made his position known when he received members of some professional groups who paid him Sallah homage on Wednesday in Sokoto.
The governor was of the opinion that state and local governments should receive more from the federation account than the federal government.
“The state and the local governments are the closest tiers of government to the people, unfortunately, they are getting less than the Federal Government from the Federation Account.
“The ugly trend should be reversed in favour of states and local governments to enable them meet the overwhelming demands of the grassroots,” he said.
Governor Tambuwal also said that dialogue remained the best tool to resolving all challenges facing the nation, adding, however, that “the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.”
He said: “Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at any time.
“There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these challenges are surmountable.”
Tambuwal promised to revive ailing industries in the state in partnership with the chamber, and adopt policies to bolster trade and commerce.
The governor also assured non-indigenes living in the state that they are equal partners in running the affairs of the state.
He promised that his administration would not discriminate against anyone, irrespective of tribe or religion.
Among the groups that visited the governor were the Sokoto Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture; Association of Resident Communities and the Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations.