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Opinion: The Next Demand The Southern Govs May Push For Amid The Ongoing VAT Controversy

Series of developments that would help improve the system of federalism the country has been practicing is currently taking place especially in the Southern part of Nigeria.

These developments which include the recent decision of the Southern Governors Forum to ban open grazing practice in their region and adopt the internal VAT collection process is indeed a sign that the country is heading towards a stage where we can say that restructuring is already here.

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Similarly, amid the general acceptance of the whole Southern governors to ban open grazing and adopt the process of collecting VAT within their respective domains, here is one more development that the Southern governors may push for in the future immediately the controversy surrounding VAT collection dies off.

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•A demand for the adoption of the 1963 constitution.

Subsequently, it may interest us to recall how the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum (SGF), who happens to be the able governor of Ondo State, Sir Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN) had earlier suggested for the country to adopt the 1963 constitution which he claimed would address the current challenges and fundamental mistakes currently diminishing the country's system of leadership since the 1999 constitution has been undergoing series of amendments.

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The governor had also stressed that a constitution ought to be simple and easy to understand, and nevertheless, it should include the interest of all regions in the country because it would play a great role in fostering unity in the country, thus subduing the unnecessary vituperations for Nigeria's disintegration.

Similarly, considering how everything seems to be happening so fast lately, one wouldn't be misunderstood when one says that the next thing the Southern governors may push for is the adoption of a new constitution as earlier advocated by the forum's Chairman.

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