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Niger Delta group faults NASS on devolution of power

Nigerian News Update » Nigerian Newspapers
Punch Newspaper
The Niger Delta Peoples Council on Sunday faulted the National Assembly for rejecting devolution of power in the ongoing constitution amendment, saying the federal lawmakers are anti-people.

It also said there was the need for the Federal Government to start fulfilling the promises made to the people of the Niger Delta because they are tired of waiting.

The convener of the council, Chief Mike Loyibo, said this in a press statement on the state of the nation he made available to journalists in Abuja.

Loyibo said members of the National Assembly decided to ignore the voices of the people that elected them by voting against the clause that would have devolved power to the states.

He said the lawmakers had shown by their action that they are detached from the people they represent.

He said, “The music today is devolution of power and there have been voices in support from all parts of the country. The National Assembly has become anti-people which is totally not acceptable.

“It is so disappointing that an APC-controlled National Assembly could not deliver on devolution of powers being one of the major campaign promises as enshrined in APC’s constitution. They have failed Nigerians and history will not forgive the principal actors of this ignoble act.

“A ‘yes’ vote would have gone a long way in dousing the tension in the nation today. This goes a long way to show how detached they are from the people they represent.

“It was an opportunity to lay the foundation for a true federation which would have gone a long way in demonstrating APC’s sincerity to lead the nation in the right direction.”
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