April 18, 2024

Arguments Spark Up For, Against Creation Of New Southwest States



Following the recent call by the House of Representatives member representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State, Mr. Oluwole Oke for the creation of additional three states in the South West, arguments have been re-ignited for and against the motion.


While some have argued that available empirical records do not support creating more states, others are saying that it would bring about more development.


There are those who insist that there is nothing wrong in creating one additional state in the South East.


The proponents of this argument believe that an additional state for the South East would ensure justice, equity and fairness, as it remains the only zone in Nigeria with five states, while others have six, and even seven for the North West.


Yet, there are those who believe that the only panacea to end agitation for more states creation agitation is to revisit the 2014 confab report, which they believe, takes care of all the concerns and fears of every zone in Nigeria.


Since Nigeria adopted the zonal structure, with three zones in the north and three in the south, the South East appears to have been the weeping child.

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