Politics The strength of Nigeria`s federalism lies in good governance – Liberian President



The strength of Nigeria as a federation lies in good governance at the federal, state and local government levels, former Liberian President Amos Sawyer has said.

Sawyer made the statement in Port Harcourt on Friday in a paper he presented at a retreat organised by the Gov. Chibuike Amaechi-led faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

His paper was entitled, ``Transitioning, Life after office: Perspectives and Challenges”, at a session he chaired at the retreat.

He said that a federal system of government worked best when there were strong institutions at all levels and when the interaction among the levels worked smoothly in the delivery of public goods and services to the people.

The former president, however, noted that there were always challenges in the relationship between federal and state governments.

``Contentions over jurisdictional responsibilities and prerogatives, resource allocation and budgets, among others will always exist and solutions to these challenges might not always satisfy all parties,” Sawyer said.

He said that what was important was that there should be cooperation among all levels of government.

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