By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( SAN) Alhaji Saka Abimbola Isau says Nigerians can only believe the nation is out of recession when prices of food stuff and other commodities are reduced to the reach of the less privileged in the society.
According to him , it’s not for the government to make pronouncements alone that the country is out of recession, but rather , for the common man to feel the impact on their daily livings.
Alhaji SAKA Isau expressed these views today in Ilorin, the KWARA State capital while responding to questions from VON.
The legal practitioner, a one time KWARA State Attorney -General and Commissioner for Justice and Secretary to the State government urged the Federal government to still do more in terms of reducing the prices of various commodities and items so that Nigerians would definitely feel the impact that the nation is out of recession .
He described the appointment of Retired Justice Ayo Salami as the Chairman, Monitoring Committee on Corruption Cases as well deserved stressing that as members of the society, legal practitioners and the jurists also needed to be properly monitored, policed , disciplined and sanctioned where necessary and praised the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen for taking such bold step in setting up the committee.
The Senior Advocate who said he is in support of restructuring of the country, criticized the way some Nigerians are going about it which he described as a form of militant and called for a more civil way in pursuing their agitation adding that the unity of Nigeria is paramount and cannot be compromised.
Alhaji SAKA Isau called on the Federal government to shed some of its responsibilities to states and local governments such as federal roads that are within states and mining which should be the total responsibilities of states and not federal government.
On the forthcoming local government elections in the state, the legal practitioner who is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) said no matter the compromise by other political parties or individuals, all the candidates of APC would win one hundred percent the local government polls adding that the Saraki Dynasty is very solid on ground and dear in the minds of the electorate.
The Senior Advocate commended Officers and men of Customs and Excise for the breakthrough they have made by impounding a large number of small arms and light weapons which according to him, would reduce the high rate of crime in terms of kidnapping , armed robbery , activities of Boko Haram , the case of the herdsmen and militancy in the country.
Alhaji SAKA Isau called on the National Assembly to amend the act that has to do with illegal importation of arms and ammunition by making it stringent and an offense of strict liability whereby the suspect and not the prosecutor would be made to defend and exonerate himself of the offense committed.
The legal practitioner expressed support for the financial autonomy of local government councils in the country streets in that it would improve development at the grassroots .