EX COMMON WEALTH SECRETARY TO BUHARI – FORGET CORRUPTION FIGHT, RESTRUCTURING ONLY SOLUTION TO NIGERIA’S PROBLEMS

EX COMMON WEALTH SECRETARY TO BUHARI - FORGET CORRUPTION FIGHT, RESTRUCTURING ONLY SOLUTION TO NIGERIA’S PROBLEMS

EX COMMON WEALTH SECRETARY TO BUHARI – FORGET CORRUPTION FIGHT, RESTRUCTURING ONLY SOLUTION TO NIGERIA’S PROBLEMS
ABUJA—FORMER Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, yesterday, joined those clamouring for restructuring of the country, saying it was the only way to accelerate Nigeria’s development.

Anyaoku, who noted that the country was fast failing, contrary to the expectations of its founding fathers, admonished those with hardened positions against restructuring to have a rethink.

Speaking to newsmen on the occasion of a book launch and colloquium, organised by Amb. Humphrey Orjiakor and Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, SCDDD, in Abuja, Anyaoku insisted that the country would not get anywhere in terms of development, if it retained its present political arrangement.

Noting that Nigeria had underperformed due to its current 36-state structure, where all the states were dependent on the central government for survival, he insisted it was time the country reverted to regionalism.

He said: “I think that 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. No less than 27 of them can no longer pay the salaries of their workers.

“The planning of economic development is less efficient on the basis of these non-viable states.

‘’If we had six federating units, you would have a more viable basis for planning economic development and those who fear that it would mean disintegration of the country are wrong, because the country was doing a lot better at the time of its independence.”

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