Restructuring: Prof. Attahiru Jega Seeks Scrapping Of 24 States
Prof. Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has called for the compression of the number of states in the country from 36 to 12 to fast track the development of the country.
Yesterday at the inaugural caucus conference of the Rescue Nigeria Project, in Abuja, Jega said the agitation for restructuring as a result of marginalisation and inequities in the management of the political affairs of the country as well as bad governance driven by incompetent, inept, inefficient and self-serving leadership among others.
Splitting the current 36 states into 42 is at worst an unrealistic, romantic, pipe-dream; and at best easier said than done, indeed virtually impossible to do. Dismantling the current 36 states structure, and reconfiguring the states into the pre-1966 regions or six geo-political regions, or even into the 12 states of the 1976/77 period is the best way for us. Jega said
However, he stated that the starting point of restructuring should be the proper redistribution of power and resources from the federal government to the other levels of government.
Former governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmad, emphasised the need for political parties to reinvent their ways.
He said the creation of the Rescue Nigeria Project is to bring aboard leaders, across all sectors, that would provide solutions to “the critical issues facing the country in the economy, insecurity, and infrastructures and to foster a new direction to leadership recruitment.”