Benefits of state creation in Nigeria


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Posted by on Monday July 14, 2014 at 11:35:54:

One of the issues raised in the ongoing national conference is the creation of more states in Nigeria. Nigeria runs a federal system of government which has a central government at the top which is the federal government, an intermediary government in charge of states which includes the state governors, and finally the grassroots government, which includes the Local Government. The creation of states in Nigeria started out with only 12 states but more number of states have been added by past Heads of State until it got to its present number now which is 36. The question now is, is it beneficial for Nigeria to create more states given that some are only relying on federal allocation? If the answer is yes, then what are the benefits of creating more states in Nigeria?

1. Brings The Government Closer To The People: With a population of over 180 million people, it will be impossible for the central government to be close to the people, because only few people who are near the centre will be feeling the impact of the central government. Even with 36 states created, there are some states that are so dense populated that some indigenes in interior areas feel little or nothing of the impact the state government is making in the area. So creating more states will means, more local governments areas will be created, and thus bringing government closer to the people.

2. It reduces marginilization: There are many ethnic groups in Nigeria unlike it is in other countries of the world and the creation of more states will give them more access to power and reduce the cry that they are marginilized. Larger states tend to create dissatisfaction among ethnic minorities and the feeling of ethnic seclusion from power.

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