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States cannot progress with exclusive list in constitution – Folarin




Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin, has said that it will be difficult for states to develop if exclusives list still remains in the constitution.

Folarin, who represents the Oyo Central Senatorial District, made this disclosure on Wednesday.

He spoke during a public lecture which was part of activities for the 2022 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State council press week in Ibadan.

At the event were the APC senatorial candidate in Oyo South Senatorial district, Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli; Prince Niyan Adeyoju; former majority leader, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Kehinde Subair; and Mr. Kehinde Olaosebikan, former Chief Press Secretary to former Governor of the state, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina.

Others are; Idris Abolaji Ajimobi, the guest lecturer, Dr. Oludayo Tade of the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan; and NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola.

Folarin, while speaking, insisted that most of the problems in the country emanated from the inclusion of exclusive list in the constitution.

He added that states may find it difficult if exclusive is not removed from the constitution.

Folarin, while speaking further, said that it will be very difficult for a policeman from Akwa Ibom State to police Orita challenge area of Ibadan effectively because he came from a different culture and speaks different language from the people of the area.

He said that it will be difficult for him because, he does not know the terrain.

Folarin said, “The problem is the exclusive list. It is not possible for states to work on the same page.

“You brought a policeman from Akwa Ibom state to protect people at Orita challenge in Ibadan. It cannot work.

“We have to loosen the constitution. If we discover crude oil at this press centre, it becomes the property of the federal government. How do you want states to develop in that way?

“By 2040, we will have cars that will not use petroleum. So our crude oil will not be useful because we will not have market again.

“A lot of things need to be done to move this country forward. We have to unbundle the constitution. We have to remove the exclusive list from the constitution.

“Thank God, we are excited about the emergence of Tinubu and Shettima.”