‘Lagos memorandum scuttled at National Conference’
There was deliberate discrimination against Lagos State delegates by the leadership of the National Conference, Chief Olorunfunmi Basorun, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said.
He accused the conference chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd), of preventing Lagos delegates from presenting a memorandum for debate.
Basorun, a former Secretary to the Lagos State government, is a delegate to the conference.
He said: “Why was there discrimination against Lagos State? Why did they not allow our delegates at the conference to present a memorandum, which they all signed, irrespective of political affiliation? They were prevented from making their contributions. I am at pain that the two eminent Nigerians at the leadership of the conference allowed the conference to be botched just the way the 2005 Conference was botched.”
The delegates have, however, published the memorandum in newspapers.
Basorun added: “For instance, 80 per cent of Value Added Tax (VAT) collected by the Federal Government comes Lagos State, but the state gets only 20 per cent of the total revenue. This is a lopsided arrangement, which is making the government at the centre to rob states of the lawful share of revenue generated within states.
“Where a body in Abuja would be disciplining a judge in Lagos or have a report on a judge in a state is bad. They have agreed that it should be changed. The Federal Government, through the National Judicial Council, should no longer interfere with judges’ appointment procedure. Where they don’t appoint, they cannot discipline.
“Those at the conference should have some other way of bringing sanity to the aspect of revenue sharing than to talk of creating more states. Some states are not viable; they depend on monthly allocation from Abuja. If they create new states, would they bring money from abroad to run the states?”
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