Daily Trust reported that"former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has called for the reduction of the number of states in the country from 36 to 12 to fast track the development of the country." Prof Jega stated this at the unveiling ceremony of the Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) a new political party in Abuja, Jega said the agitation for restructuring as a result of marginalization 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.
Prof. Jega suggested a reduction in the number of states to 12, as it was during 1976/77, saying that Nigeria will be better for it. According to Jega, the 12 States system will foster economic growth and political development, it will also make administrative work easier.
However, Professor Jega did not mention 24 states to be scrapped either 12 to be retained, maybe because of political implications. Jega also suggested returning to the regional system of government where Nigeria will be structured into four regions, (I.e) North, West, South, and midwest regions. Another suggestion Jega made was to administer Nigeria on a geopolitical basis, by this system Nigeria will have six administrative divisions one per zone. Jega's suggestions are very good for administrative convenience but they will be difficult to implement because all states have equal rights, and as such, it will be difficult to scrape a State, it will require due process so that no ethnic group will be cheated. Finally, Jega we have to explain better for Nigerians.
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