Is Re­struc­tur­ing the Miss­ing Devt Link?

Al­though the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion, un­der the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), set up a com­mit­tee look at the is­sue of re­struc­tur­ing, a firm fi­nal stance is yet to be taken by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. How­ever, many an­a­lysts and per­son­al­i­ties be­liev

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD | DEVELOPMENT/ISSUES INBOX - Abim­bola Akosile

* In­deed, re­struc­tur­ing is the miss­ing de­vel­op­ment link in Nige­ria; it was ev­i­dent that when the coun­try was struc­tured along fed­er­ated units each eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment was mov­ing fast at its phase: there was com­pe­ti­tion to be the best for the peo­ple. To­day de­vel­op­ment is stag­nated be­cause the cen­tre held sway and the units are beg­gars; we don’t look in­ward to tap our re­source - it is painful and shame­ful. - Bar­ris­ter D.Y.N Maigari, Abuja

* Dilly-dal­ly­ing with re­struc­tur­ing Nige­ria is dan­ger­ous and must be avoided now. This re­struc­tur­ing is about align­ing struc­tures with func­tions in our fed­eral sys­tem whereas gov­er­nance, jus­tice, eq­uity, in­abil­ity to mo­bilise and dis­trib­ute na­tional re­sources etc are our real draw­backs. Nige­ria must be re­struc­tured along var­i­ous lines for rapid and eq­ui­table de­vel­op­ment. Just and fair acts of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, in­te­gra­tion, de­vel­op­ment, right prac­ti­cal and pol­icy so­lu­tions are what we need now. Truth, pa­tri­o­tism, hon­esty e.t.c must al­ways be our watch­word too. - Mr. Apeji Onesi, La­gos State

* Even if Nige­ria is re­struc­tured to­day, will cor­rup­tion end? At the mo­ment, I’m not for re­turn­ing to re­gions. More al­lo­ca­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties should be de­volved to the states as they are. There’s too much money and re­spon­si­bil­ity at the fed­eral gov­ern­ment level. If states col­lect 45% of fed­eral al­lo­ca­tions no one will want to leave Nige­ria any­more. - Mr. Buga Dunj, Jos, Plateau State

* No, lead­er­ship is the miss­ing link to Nige­ria’s de­vel­op­ment process! - Mr. Sonny Okobi, La­gos State

* Well, peo­ple call­ing for re­struc­tur­ing of Nige­ria mean well for the coun­try but what about our lead­ers who steal our money meant for de­vel­op­ment? Are they go­ing to re­struc­ture our lead­ers for good gov­er­nance? For us to get things done prop­erly in Nige­ria, our lead­ers should change their mind­set about steal­ing our com­mon­wealth. - Mrs. Ijeoma Nnorom, La­gos State

* Yes, ev­ery coun­try is in a daily di­a­logue, noth­ing is fi­nally set­tled in life. Sta­ble na­tions are fine-tun­ing ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails of their ex­is­tence now and then. Are we not deal­ing with cri­sis of na­tional build­ing af­flict­ing us that made it dif­fi­cult to squarely face issues of growth and de­vel­op­ment? Why not re­struc­ture as promised by your party dur­ing cam­paign? Bring on board re­spected, fear­less, self­less lead­ers and tech­nocrats from across the geopo­lit­i­cal zones; giv­ing ev­ery zone sense of be­long­ing by ad­dress­ing their gen­uine con­cerns. Also bear in mind some past lead­ers are in sup­port of re­struc­tur­ing.

- Mr. Dogo Stephen, Kaduna State

* Hu­um­m­mmm!!! - Mr. Tunde Oke­tola, La­gos State

* Yes, the way in which the All Pro­gres­sives Congress has set up a re­struc­tur­ing com­mit­tee is highly com­mend­able. I see noth­ing bad if they are sin­cere about this, so that the Nige­ria cit­i­zens can ab­so­lutely re­act to their var­i­ous pro­pos­als and con­trib­ute ef­fec­tively, whether to re­struc­ture Nige­ria or not. For in­stance the var­i­ous re­gions in Nige­ria are blessed with nu­mer­ous re­sources, bright peo­ple, but lack the ad­e­quate plan­ning and man­age­ment. The truth is that some hard­work­ing re­gions will de­velop more than the oth­ers. Where the coun­try is go­ing now is to al­low each re­gion to con­trol their re­sources and make the cen­tral not too at­trac­tive, to en­sure speed de­vel­op­ment, ac­count­abil­ity and fos­ter part­ner­ship and also re­duce the se­cu­rity chal­lenges which hin­der de­vel­op­ment. - Mr. Michael Ade­do­tun Oke, Founder Michael Ade­do­tun Oke Foun­da­tion, Abuja

* The miss­ing links to Nige­ria’s de­vel­op­ment process are trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity, eq­uity and ul­ti­mately, good gov­er­nance - Mr. Ay­ode Longe, Me­dia Rights Agenda, La­gos State

* As we are call­ing for re­struc­tur­ing of Nige­ria for bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion it is good, but are we go­ing to re­struc­ture our lead­ers who steal our com­mon­wealth? We should hold our lead­ers re­spon­si­ble for bad lead­er­ship, which leads to calls for re­struc­tur­ing of Nige­ria. What we need are good lead­ers who will carry ev­ery­body along be­cause if we re­struc­ture Nige­ria with bad peo­ple in gov­er­nance, the prob­lem will still be there. - Mr. Gor­don Chika Nnorom, Pub­lic Com­men­ta­tor, Umuk­abia, Abia State

* Not at all. Pro­bity, ac­count­abil­ity and fair re­dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources cou­pled with de­vo­lu­tion of power to con­stituent units in a real fed­eral set up is the key. All these can be ac­com­mo­dated in amend­ments to the ex­ist­ing con­sti­tu­tion. Re­struc­tur­ing to most peo­ple equates con­fed­er­a­tion or back to re­gion­al­ism. - Mr. Adekunle Fun­mi­layo, Le­gal Prac­ti­tioner, La­gos State

* This mat­ter has be­come a hot topic right now and peo­ple weigh in from all hori­zons, some politi­cians these days even get booed for air­ing their views. I would say it should be the miss­ing link, yes. How­ever, Nige­ria be­ing the na­tion that it is, and Nige­ri­ans be­ing the eclec­tic peo­ple that we are, I have strong reser­va­tions whether re­struc­tur­ing will solve any­thing if im­ple­mented to­day. - Mr. E. Iheanyi Chuk­wudi, Brain­child Aca­demic Re­sources, Trade­more Es­tate, Apo, Abuja

* Re­struc­tur­ing is not enough. The is­sue of re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able lead­er­ship is also very crit­i­cal to our ad­vance­ment. Nige­ria has re­mained stunted for too long. - Ms Nkeiruka Abanna, La­gos

* In fact re­struc­tur­ing is the miss­ing link to­day in this coun­try Nige­ria. The call for re­struc­tur­ing means that we should di­vide this coun­try into six zones or re­gions namely the core North; the Mid­dle Belt, the West; the West; the East, the Niger Delta and the South-South. Each of the re­gions/zones has two or more nat­u­ral re­sources and they are there un­tapped as de­sire for oil has closed our eyes and the way of think­ing. They should dis­burse the re­sources to these re­gions to en­able them start in earnest in de­vel­op­ing their ar­eas. Start­ing is just the prob­lem and I tell you after some time they will for­get oil. - Hon. Ba­bale Maiungwa, U/Romi, Kaduna

* The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s si­lence on il­le­gal publi­ca­tions on Bi­afra calls for se­ri­ous con­cerns. - Mr. Feyise­tan Akeeb Ka­reem, Og­washi-Ukwu, Delta State

* The present struc­ture of Nige­ria has sev­eral de­fects which are now man­i­fest­ing in the form of ag­i­ta­tions for se­ces­sion and wide­spread in­tol­er­ance among other things. If Nige­ria must move for­ward, there must be re­struc­tur­ing along so­cial, eco­nomic, and in­come dis­tri­bu­tion lines, to help douse all this ten­sion and cre­ate a level play­ing ground for all eth­nic groups to move for­ward to­gether for a bet­ter na­tion. - Mr. Olu­muyiwa Olorun­somo, La­gos State

Map of Nige­ria show­ing the re­gions

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