Why Nigeria Continues To Under Perform Because Of The 36 States – Soludo, Anyaoku

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Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, have yet again call for the restructuring of the country. Both men spoke in Abuja during the public presentation of a book, ‘Nigeria: The Forsaken Road to Nationhood and Development’, written by a retired diplomat and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Dr. Humphrey Orjiako.

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, and a former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and  have yet again call for the restructuring of the country. Anyaoku said Nigeria had under performed due to its current 36-states structure, where all the states were dependent on the central government for survival

Anyaoku said Nigeria had under performed due to its current 36-states structure, where all the states were dependent on the central government for survival. He added that  it was time the country reverted to regional governments.  “I think the Nigeria we have, of 36 federating units now, is not working. The country continues to under perform because of the 36 states we have now. About 27 of the states cannot pay the salaries of their workers.” On his part, Soludo said the present structure of the country was outdated and would not enhance its development, describing the Federal Government as a major constraint to the states.

“The Federal Government in Nigeria is a major constraint to the states and that is why some of us believe that the current structure that we have is for a time we no longer live in. “The current structure was designed to share and consume the oil rent, and I have argued that the structure that is designed for consumption cannot be efficient for production. So, we know that it will have its own ripple effects.”

 

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