Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode rejects the country’s current federal structure


Contrary to the views of some governors in the North, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday specifically rejected the country’s current federal structure; noting that the present system was not the best and might not guarantee the future our people desire.

Ambode asked the federal government to take the required steps to activate the process for restructuring the present system with a view to adopting a proactive system that would guarantee the future the people desire.

He expressed concern over the country’s governance structure at a parade the Lagos State Government organised at Police College, Ikeja, to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary yesterday.

Ambode had at the 57th annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, lamented aberrations in the 1999 Constitution, and said the legal framework would continue to stunt the country’s economic growth and inhibit the capacity of the federating units to harness their potentials.

He then canvassed the need to institutionalise the principles of true federalism, the kind that would allow each federating unit to contribute agreed percentage of its revenues to the national government as stipulated in the 1963 Constitution.