Insecurity: Use constitution to drive grassroots economy, ex-FIRS boss tells FG

A former of Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs Ifueko Okauru, has charged the federal government to revive economy at villages in order to boost the economy of the country.

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By Maryam Quadri

A former of Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs Ifueko Okauru, has charged the federal government to revive economy at villages in order to boost the economy of the country.

”The societies of viable economy at the village levels, the typical town or city economy, the mega town – Lagos, Abuja and Kano economy different from smaller settings and those leading the African cities who bringing to bear other settings and we have investors-dialed economy.”

Okauru, who spoke on Thursday during 19th edition of Daily Trust Dialogue held in Abuja, said a situation where many Nigerian citizens are running away from villages to the cities cannot help the present Nigeria’s dire economy.

The former FIRS boss maintained that the economy of different States is different from each other and as such the constitution should be should be constructed or reviewed towards the peculiarity of each setting.

She said, ”The constitution expects the centre to set policies to create an enabling environment to drive incentives and grow the country. You attract money, you attract wealth.”

But I have been wondering why has it so difficult for us to do these things, and I am beginning to ruminate in my mind that within Nigeria itself, we have at least five civilizations for societies.

”The societies of viable economy at the village levels, the typical town or city economy, the mega town – Lagos, Abuja and Kano economy different from smaller settings and those leading the African cities who bringing to bear other settings and we have investors-dialed economy.”

She bemoaned the current security challenges ravaging the country, saying many unknown faces and adversaries have taken over Nigerians’ viable ancestral lands in rural areas meant to be part of the country’s economic revival.

”In all these all these, the point at which these ones’ success are, is the village. But what do we have at the village levels? Because the people don’t want to go to the village anymore. We have abandoned lands which are being taken over,” the former FIRS boss noted.

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