BRING CONTROL CLOSER TO HOME
Advocates against the immediate restructuring of Nigeria are either remarkably naive or among the elite who benefit from the country being in its current state and are too selfish to want change [‘Henry Seriake Dickson: Bayelsa needs more control of its resources’, TAR107 Apr-june 2019]. Bayelsa – one of the biggest money-spinners for the country – has so many people living in poverty. Rivers State has the highest number of unemployed people in Nigeria but has one of the highest reserves levels. It is time for these states to begin to control their resources to improve competition. As Governor Dickson said, no state has to apologise for being endowed with its wealth and thus share revenues with non-viable states. As it stands, the oil-producing states take a bulk of the environmental degradation but less of the revenue.
Ugonna Ukah, civil servant,