By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
A Professor of Constitutional Law with the University of Jos, Professor Dakas C.J Dakas, has blamed the protracted insecurity and continuous agitations for restructuring of Nigeria’s system to governance deficit at every level.
He made the assertion last Thursday, at the 2019 Press Week Colloquium on Insecurity and Agitations for Restructuring organized by the Plateau State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), held at Eliel Centre Jos, the state capital.
Prof. Dakas who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion said, “I would like to say that, in decentralizing policing within the context of the agitation for restructuring as a response to the challenge of insecurity, it means that we must address the governance deficit that this country grapples with.
“At different layers of governance, there is failure of state craft that we must address. If we get our governance system right, we will be able to manage diversity in a constructive way. We will be able to address diversity in a manner that enhances national security and cohesion.
“In the context for the agitation for restructuring, we must bear in mind that ultimately, if we don’t address the governance challenge that we grapple with, we will just be creating little more enclaves and cocoons for further agitations for restructuring.
“Therefore, all of us must rise to the challenge, we grapple with and face the governance imperative that anchored on the security and welfare of the people,” he posited.
Dakas, however, stressed on the need for those calling for the decentralization of the police which he described as imperative, to consider the cost implications of creating a state police granted that some states could not pay the salaries of their civil servants.
He expressed concern over the mis-management of the country’s funds by some government officials where it placed Nigeria on heavy concurrent expenditure which surpasses the capital expenditure, saying, “the responsibility of government is to give the people the hooks to fish and not fish with no hooks”
While commending the NUJ for picking the theme, Insecurity in Nigeria and Agitations for Restructuring”, the International Law scholar described Journalists as the mirror of the society that shows the reflection of how it faired for it to find a solution, hence the need for them to educate and enlighten people.