For Nigeria to attain full developed status, the 36 states structure most go. In a situation where a substantial part of the nation’s resources are spent on replicated structures throughout the 36 states, is not healthy for development.
This was the submission of the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Dr. Emeka Anyaoku on Tuesday.
Anyaoku, who spoke at a public symposium organised by the Nigerian Bible Society in Enugu, said most of the states are liability without any visible way of paying salaries, rather they run to the central government cap in handing begging every time.
Anyaoku, who said this at the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Anglican Communion, Enugu, canvassed a return to the regional structure as was done in the First Republic.
According to him, “The present governance arrangement we have, with the country comprising of 36 non-viable states, most of which cannot pay the salaries of their teachers and civil servants, is not the best.
“Rather, we should return to an arrangement where the six regions will form six federating units.
“Having 36 states mean we have 36 state assemblies, 36 judiciary services, etc, and all these means that the country is spending too much money on administration
“Those of us who are old enough to remember the six regions know that the country was developing better in those days,” Anyaoku said.
Anyaoku commended the Anglican Church in Nigeria for opposing same-sex marriage, despite the acceptance of the practice by the English chapter of the church.
He cautioned religious leaders, including pastors, priests and imams, against accepting donations from “people whose source of wealth is not clear”.