Mr Jega, professor of political science, said Nigeria stands to lose more if the existing 36 states structure are to be dismantled.
A previous executive of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, depicted as ‘unreasonable’ and ‘an unrealistic fantasy” the noise to restore Nigeria to the pre-common war local government.
His contention was, in any case, countered by a previous data serve, John Nwodo, with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan likewise offering an alternate view on the theme.
Mr Jega, a teacher of political theory, said Nigeria stands to lose more if the current 36 states structure are to be destroyed in passive consent to the longstanding call for rebuilding the country.
Mr Jega talked at the eighteenth Daily Trust Dialog hung on Thursday in Abuja and themed “Rebuilding: Why? How?”
Upon freedom in 1960, Nigeria ran a local government with three districts, each headed by a chief — in the western, eastern and northern areas.
The midwest locale was later cut out of the western area, generally in an offer to fight off ethnic emergency.
Preparing secessionist disturbances made the then administrative military legislature of Yakubu Gowon to separate the four districts into 12 states in 1967, a move made to break the force of the areas.
Resulting military systems, interspersed by an overwhelming common war and arrangement of upsets and counter-overthrows, expanded the quantity of states till the numbers arrived at the current 36 out of 1996.
In any case, a few Nigerians, particularly sociocultural gatherings, have pushed for a re-visitation of the provincial model.
Mr Jega said the commotion was poorly educated as existing states would almost never surrender their independence, and it may dive the country into another episode of ethnographic strains.
“In numerous essential regards, formation of states has gone far to alleviate genuine and seen minimization of minorities,” Mr Jega contended.
“Albeit given Nigeria’s intricate variety, the more states made, the more their monetary reasonability is compromised; and the more new ‘dominant parts’ and ‘minorities’ arose, with new requests by the ‘new minorities’ for their own states.
“The difficulties and pressures that would unfurl in any endeavor to pull together states into areas or into uber 12 states, given that their kin have tasted relative self-sufficiency, could just best be envisioned. Relative self-rule once acquired, is troublesome if not close to difficult to deliberately give up.
“On the off chance that the significant contention against the current 36 state structure is that many appear to be financially unviable, there are other better approaches to address that and make them more practical.
“Improved, (or great vote based) administration, with effective assignment and usage of assets, with shortened debasement, and with more prominent exertion at interior income age, would make practically all the apparently unviable states, reasonable and economical.”
The quick past president-general of sociocultural gathering Ohanaeze Nd’Igbo, John Nwodo, who was one of the specialists at the occasion, would have none of this.
He said the 1999 constitution should be redesignd in light of the fact that it “was drafted by 47 people delegated by the at that point head of state (Abdulsalami Abubakar), 40 of whom were military officials.”
Previous INEC executive, Attahiru Jega, talking at the eighteenth Daily Trust Dialog held in Abuja
Mr Nwodo, who was Mr Abubakar’s priest of data, said he “never saw a duplicate (of the constitution) and never realized who was printing it,” despite the fact that his work was to convey the archive to the country.
“We ought to rebuild on the grounds that the sacred history of Nigeria shows that the solitary constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria made by all the ethnic gatherings in Nigeria, were the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions.
“The 1999 Constitution toppled the sway of the locales over their public assets and homegrown security releasing in the process a remarkable fall of schooling guidelines, homegrown security, and financial prosperity.
Psyche rebuilding is the best approach – Jonathan
Previous President Goodluck Jonathan, who led the occasion, additionally said rebuilding the nation alone would not assistance tackle its various difficulties, rather mind rebuilding was the best approach.
He noticed that Nigerians need to avoid common doubt towards each other as a portion of the difficulties looked at the public level are still there at the state and nearby government levels.
“We can’t rebuild without settling issues that spellbind us: nepotism, ethnic and strict contrasts and absence of energy,” he said.
A cross part of the visitors at the eighteenth Daily Trust Dialog held in Abuja
“Conversation on rebuilding won’t help aside from we rebuild our brains. A portion of the difficulties looked at the public level are still there at the state and nearby government levels,” he added.
“Investigate how neighborhood government races are led at the state level. For what reason is it exceptionally hard for a resistance to win a chairmanship or councillorship seat in a state, notwithstanding the way that a similar gathering presumably made sure about seats in the State Assembly and National Assembly decisions, coordinated by a government political race the board body?
“Like each other country, Nigeria is an undertaking in advancement and ought to certainly examine her encounters and design out answers for develop her presentation and the prosperity, all things considered. We should all do our little best in our little corners to beat the difficulties we face, and strive to reposition our country for a more prominent and more prosperous tomorrow for our youngsters.