Mbadiwe advocates for scrapping of Govs Forum
Mbadiwe advocates for scrapping of Govs Forum
By Larry Onwuta
Following the recent position of the 8th National Assembly on constitutional amendment as it affects local government autonomy, a former Lawmaker, Dr. Eddie Mbadiwe, has advocated for scrapping of governors forum in Nigeria.
The former legislator stated that unless Nigerians rise and speak out in defence of justice, the dream of our founding fathers will never be achieved.
Mbadiwe, who represented Ideato North and South Federal Constituency of Imo state in the House of Representatives on the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, accused governors of pouncing on funds meant for local governments with impunity and stalling development at the grassroots.
Dr. Eddie Mbadiwe, who spoke at the golden jubilee wedding anniversary of the chief medical director of Memfys International Hospital for Neurosurgery, Enugu, and Prof. Sam Ohaegbulam, stated that the agitations by some groups for the restructuring of the country would not succeed unless the national assembly decides.
The political heavyweight further described the governors’ forum as a dangerous body that was not enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria, the APGA chieftain, said if they are allowed to use it to perpetrate all evil things and submitted that growth at the rural communities in the country then development would remain at zero level.
According to him,” these are the kind of instruments the governors lean on for protection and intimidate the people, how do you expect the local government chairmen to embark on projects that would touch on the lives of their people when their allocations are seized and they only receive peanut, our people must rise and speak out against this wicked act”.
He regretted that despite that the law on local government autonomy had long been passed by the national assembly; the governors were yet to respect it, even as he called for the scrapping of the Governors Forum, saying “our governors are just greedy”.
He noted that rather than the people urging those representing them at the national assembly to make it happen through appropriate legislation, they had virtually converted every vendor stand in the country as their national assembly.
He continued; the country is in trouble, no person has the courage to address these issues objectively.
The former assembly member, and former lecturer, University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, made it clear that the only legal body that has the power to restructure Nigeria is the national assembly, adding that former Nigerian president; Goodluck Jonathan only effected an amendment in the constitution in 2011.
Dr. Mbadiwe, former governor of Rotary International distrct 9140, said that the only restructuring that would make meaningful impact was to split power into regions, stressing that as long as all the powers are concentrated at the centre, Abuja, the states would remain poor, as decentralization of power and resources would put the states in better financial footing.
On education, the former legislator, said Nigeria was behind in learning and research, and wondered why anyone could expect progress when the system was not moving at par with their counterparts globally.
“Our administrators do not make good use of funds allocated to them and instead of putting the right things in place, they keep crying for more money, when I visited my former department at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, I was shocked to still met equipments we bought when I was a lecturer there over 30 years ago, the equipments that had been faced out several years back in other developed countries of the world.
The chief celebrant, Prof. Sam Ohaegbulam, won Nigeria’s highest honor in medicine, in 2012 and was one time deputy vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Enugu campus, UNEC, as well as being the first Neurosurgeon in Eastern Nigeria.
The golden jubilee wedding anniversary, attracted the cream of the medical profession and the academia, prominent among them were the former provost college of medicine, UNN, Prof. Martin Aghaji and wife, the current provost, college of medicine, UNN, Prof. Ernest Onwasigwe, former deputy vice chancellor, UNEC, Prof. Jonathan Azubike, Prof. Stanley Anyanwu and Prof. Wilfred Mezue both of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, and Elder Kalu U. Kalu, former Union Bank boss.
Others were Assistant governor, Rotary International District 9140, Mr. Chibuzor Hilary Asogwa and wife, provost, college of medicine, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Prof. Frank Akpuaka, former director-general, National Orientation Agency, Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, as well as Chief Chris Okoye, and Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of the Anglican Communion, Enugu, and several others.