Columns and Opinions across Nigerian Newspapers

For Economic Restructuring - The demand for fiscal federalism is to enable the federating units to control their resources with a view to funding social services and infrastructural development. In making a strong case for federalism, Chief Awolowo insisted on the provision of social services for the people.  Thus, in defending the budget of his government while he was premier of western region, Chief Awolowo stated that “as far as possible within the limit of our resources, expenditure on social services which tend to be the welfare, the health and the education of the people should be increased at the expense of any expenditure that does not answer to the same tests”. It is on record that the administration voted more than 50% of the annual budget to social services. Ironically, Governor Fayose who has joined the campaign for “true federalism” has introduced the payment of school fees in all primary schools in Ekiti State!