LAGOS—Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has advocated for true federalism and a return to the six federating units structure as panacea to Nigeria’s developmental woes.
He spoke in Lagos, yesterday, as special guest of honour at the Island Club’s Diplomatic Night.
Anyaoku said: “We have to return to true federalism. The present structure does not favour anyone. When we return to the six federating units that we had before, we will be better and most of our problems will be solved.
“With the six federating units, we had a federation which was viable and sufficient. We now have monoculture economy. There is a need for us to return to six regions and we will be able to develop.
“No country has ever developed when it spends over 70 percent of its revenue or budget on recurrent expenditure. How do we explain this to our unborn children? It is absolutely wrong.
“I was in Papau New Guinea in 1995 and met 19 Nigerian professionals there. In a country like that, most Nigerians don’t expect to see our professionals there.
“It shows the quality of manpower that we have in this country. All they need is the right infrastructure. With true federalism, and the six federating units, we do not have to spend such exorbitant amount on administration of Nigeria.
“The regions will do its own and grow constantly. Within a short while, we will be marvelled with the astronomical growth.”
Chairman, Island Club, Prince Ademola Dada, added “when we have true federalism, we will be able to produce and export cocoa that has been abandoned.
“Most of us will not forget the groundnut pyramids in the north?
“The country is blessed and with the federating units having its own control, these resources can be well harnessed.”