VPRO-E NEWS: Nigeria can’t develop with 36-state structure – Anyaoku

Former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, in Lagos, on Wednesday, advocated true federalism with six federating units, saying the present structure of 36 states was impeding the country’s development, as it was too expensive to run.

Besides, he argued that the insecurity ravaging the country would be best solved if Nigeria could adopt a true federation with six federating units.

Anyaoku made the declaration while speaking with newsmen at the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation office at Gbagada, after announcing the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, as winner of maiden edition of Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership Award.

The former secretary-general of the Commonwealth, who was the chairman selection committee for the award, observed that if the country were to have a true federation of six federating units, the political atmosphere would be better than what it was at present, adding that Nigeria was, at the moment, expending between 70 to 80 per cent of its revenue on administration.

According to him, “the present structure of 36 states is too expensive to run, as it also impedes development,” just as he called for devolution of power from centre to the federating units.

He said the present insecurity in the country was serious, while urging the masses to cooperate with the security agents by releasing necessary information that would assist in locating those elements posing threat to the security of the nation.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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