Lagos – Chief Joseph Oke, immediate past
Chairman, Leventis Group, on Tuesday said that
Nigeria was overdue for restructuring.
Oke spoke during the annual Discovery Lecture
series at the Lagos State University (LASU)
titled“Can Nigeria survive another century as a
He said that the union could continue for the next
one thousand years, but the action or inaction of the
government, as well as restructuring, had roles to
play in determining this.
According to him, necessary steps must be taken to
prevent it from going the other way.
Oke said that the present arrangement was lopsided
with too much power given to both the Federal and
“The Local Government Council, which is the third
tier and closest to the grassroots, is a marginalised
“The interest of all minority groups and the issue of
derivation must also be addressed.
“The federation must be restructured to devolve
more powers to the states, which must include
policing, education, health, road network and
security,” he said.
According to him, if all these are in place, the
country will remain as a corporate entity because
the grassroots will feel the impact of governance.
Oke also emphasised the need to diversify from
petroleum to areas such as agriculture and agro-
based industries, mining, among others.
He said that government should be consistent in
their policies, which should be geared toward
improving the lives of the people, while corruption
must be eliminated.
The guest speaker also urged the leaders to be
close to the people because it would help to douse
the apprehension of the latter.
He said that the future of the country was in the
hands of the people and it has the potential of
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State
commended the institution for the intellectual
Ambode, represented by the Special Adviser on
Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the
country was at a cross road where issues that
separate people in the country should be
The governor said that no one was interested in the
disintegration of the country and such lectures were
timely and necessary.