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The Africa Report - - MAILBAG -

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,

Ow­erri, Nigeria

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