Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and former foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has advocated for the return of regional system of government in Nigeria.
He stressed that since independence, various sections and individuals in the country had rather continued to clamour for an increase in the country’s state units.
Anyaoku made the call the call on Monday at the University of Ibadan International Conference Centre at the inaugural Conference of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, ISGPP.
The conference theme is: “Getting Government to Work for Development and Democracy in Nigeria: Agenda for Change”. .
He noted that the best solution to the problems of the country would be to have six regional units which will cater for unification of the various sections of the country and the relegation of the state system to the background.
He criticized the 1999 Constitution as not reflecting legitimacy or providing adequate basis for tackling effectively “our country’s two major challenges: socio-economic development and enduring political stability”, while urging the 8th National Assembly “to convert the existing six geo-political zones, which have been recognised and are being used for a number of political decisions and actions, into a more viable federating units of a truly Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“The 36 states can be retained as development zones within the regions but without full administrative paraphernalia. And it would be up to the six federating regions to consider and meet any demands for the creation of new development zones within them,” he said.
Anyaoku lauded the ISGPP imitative as a timely intervention in the process of promoting effective governance in the country, noting that the organizers of the initiative are credible Nigerians he believes will see the project through.
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Source:: PM Newspaper