I subscribe to the call by Okuntimo and Soludo for regionalism. Abolish states now.
Even as I write this, the most sensible arrangement would be to build up Port Harcourt and give it the type of transportation (especially shipping) infrastructure rivaling Lagos. There is a need for synergy between South east and south south on this. The Igbo business men want to bring their money closer home. Only when such synergy is established would that happen.
Yes, but that was not going to stop the regional government under Okpara. In fact, under the regional government, it was more doable, and they were already doing it before the coup of 1966.
Our current mistake is to assume that only the federal government can undertake such projects. In a properly reconstituted regional arrangement, it is more likely to be accomplished.
Actually it makes sense because of its location and cosmopolitan make up. That is what the former Eastern Nigeria government under Michael I. Okpara wanted to do with Port Harcourt. They wanted Port Harcourt to rival Lagos in terms of development. Everything went to the dogs once the agents of divide and conquer had their way.
The best arrangement we've had in Nigeria was the three regions, and that is why the three biggest parties in the 50s and 60s -NPC, NCNC and AD fought to ensure there was no division in their respective regions (North, East and West). Those were the days of sanity.
The Mid-west was even created because the AD was in disarray and had broken into two. So, it was basically forced upon the West.
Gowon in his "wisdom" created the twelve states and it has been downhill since then.
Current state system is a drainpipe siphoning away scarce national resources.
The best state creation today should be mergers.
As long as there not any South-South region.
I am talking about only 4 regions or maybe 5 if you add the Middle Belt region but under no circumstances the South-South region.
That is another way of cutting the East from the sea, even though there are Igbo speaking communities throughout the fictional South-South.
The East shall be divided. And all Igbo speaking regions in the West should be given to the Eastern region, not the Midwest region.
While i agree with this idea, i don't think we should stop at regionalism. Why stop there ? Why don't we break the country up ?
Breaking the country up doesn't mean we will become 6 or 7 different countries, we could emulate the model of the United Kingdom with Scotland, England etc. I don't know what the fuss is about remaining one country cos it's having negative effect on the growth of everyone.