New States Creation In Nigeria: An Unnecessary Enterprise

nigeria to get more states making 42 states

May 30, 2012 – New States Creation In Nigeria: An Unnecessary Enterprise

According to members of the National Assembly who spoke with an NGO organization yesterday, the request for the creation of more states in Nigeria will soon be actualized. naijagists.com

They further disclose the creation of new Nigerian states will bring all the Geo-political zones at par in respect to number of states.

New States Creation In Nigeria – The Breakdown

  • South-East to get 2 more states
  • North-East to get one more state
  • South-South  to get one more state
  • South-West to get one state
  • North-Central to get the last one

The above breakdown will bring the total number of states in Nigeria to 42.

Is Creation Of More States The Solution To Nigeria’s Problem ?

These requests are coming at a time when most of the existing 36 states are largely nonviable, which makes many of them go to the centre, cap-in-hand, every month seeking federal largesse before they can do anything meaningful.

The requests are equally coming at a time many Nigerians frown at the unusually high cost of governance as a result of which they are angling for part-time legislature to make the several billions currently being expended on full-time legislature available for some otherwise worthwhile and beneficial ventures for the citizenry.

Today, Nigeria has the unenviable record of running one of the most expensive democracies in the world as a result of which the constituency allowance of a member of the House of Representatives alone (at N136 million/annum) is more than the entire N91.04 million annual emoluments of the American president.

The truth of the matter is that Nigeria spends too much on its governments and their unwieldy streams of officials, leaving little to spend on actual governance as result of which the populace is constantly short-changed and impoverished.

From good governance and fiscal responsibility point of view, there is absolutely no need for Nigeria to create more states as this will only bloat the cost of  governance/administration and provide additional outlets for corruption to fester. If the demands are met, every minority group, and indeed every household, will demand for a state and there will be no end to it.

Besides, the money that should be spent in rebuilding schools, improving healthcare and fighting diseases and building infrastructure will be frittered on the cost of administration.

In plain language, there is no need for more states now as this will further deplete the treasury and/or thin out the country’s resources to the extent that no meaningful development would be seen anywhere in the country. The whole idea of state creation should be jettisoned forthwith.

24 thoughts on “New States Creation In Nigeria: An Unnecessary Enterprise

  1. There’s no need of more states in Nigeria this time around. What the leaders should do now is to plan how to eradicate poverty in our community and provide social amenities in both rural and urban areas. Thanks

  2. The necessity for new states may be borne by the injustice against the southeast regarding its five-states-only structure. The most appropriate thing to be done should have been the creation of one more state, most appropriately, between Anambra and Imo states. But if to bring other areas to support it necessitates creation of 5 other states as stated, it is a wise decision. It is more important to bring some harmony among Nigeria’s groups by remaking its present rigged political structure than to have the country continually mired in controversy. So the count of non viability of, or too many number of states must have been of less importance to the NASS members than having a Nigeria mired in controversy because the concepts of equity and justice are absent in the country’s political structure.

  3. creation of states is good,but those that lead dnt have vision for the states,why heavy expenses on the senate? nigerians are not sincere enough to lead,all of us will die n leave these investmnt.

  4. State creation is not bad,. The injustice of the past should be corrected. I pray that the only 1 south south state that will be created should be delta state. Anioma state should be done for fulfillment of real delta state.

  5. Creation of more states is a good idea anywhere, but let us aknowlede that 1 wife bring 1 trouble N many wives bring many troubles,if we keep un creatin states,we may eventually produce another BOKO HARAM’s State,moreso creatin more states of wich we can canot carter 4 is not proper,4 even wit d 36 states we r unable 2 arrest all d citizens needs no 2 talk of 42. I beg lets try 2 maintain/improve d 1 we hav dan creatin more 4 our inability 2 control all dis states may bring ab social vices/juvenile delinquency.

  6. More states are needed, however, the creation of Ogoja State should not be looked upon with contempt, but with humane consideration, for it is long due to be consider a state on it own. Considering it enormous natural endowment

  7. more states will enhance economic integration, because the rural communite will be develop, it has to do with good governance.

  8. more states in in this Country are needed, but the north-region must not be left behind, so we need the new Bayajidda State from this region

  9. Creating new states is not the solution to our problem but it will actualy reduce the rate of unemployment by 2.5% which is one of our problems in this country (Nigeria). It will also help in breaking down the national cake to average privilaged people in Nger.

  10. There is ŋ☺‎ need creating a new state, becos τ̲̅ђε̲̣̣̣̥ ones existing are not strong enuf Τ̅☺ stand on their own. Another reason is that Ȋ̝̊̅t̶̲̥̅̊ W̶̲̥̅̊ȋ̝̊̅ ̄ι̥ι̥ increase public expenditure

  11. I AM VERY MUCH IN SOPPORT OF MORE STATE CREATION IN NIGERIA.BECUASE MORE STATE WE HELP TO ERADICATE POVERTY IN NIGERIA, AS A MATTER OF FACT.NIGERIA IS ONE OF THE RICH COUNTRY IN AFRICA, WITH A LOT OF HUMAN AND NATURAL RESOCCESS.SO WHAT WE NEED IN NIGERIA IS HUMAN EMPOWEREMENT IN THAT CASE MORE STATE IS TO BE CREATED,IN ORDER TO STIMULATE OUR POLICY EFFECIENCY. THANK YOU.

  12. Creation of more states will resort to great economic in the nation and the unemployed youths would have a course to smile, not only that but few ethnic groups that are politically enslave by the majority would gain their freedom. Example the Idoma v Tiv, you observe that since the creation of Benue State Idoma has never won a governorship post. Pls Apa State should be considered.

    • More states are needed in this country may likely to be of a great help to this country, must specially for job opportunity in state to youth been jobless in our various societies. But don’t forget the Southern Kaduna that’s the Gurara State. Let there be justice in this country for the for state pls.

  13. we need more state in nigeria for good governance,job cration because some of the state in nigeria are large to the point that the governo of a state cannot take care of it rural areas please we the ogba,egbema,ndoni and oguta is seeking for orashi state.

  14. Nigeria needs not more states due to the increasement in the high rate of corruption and reduction of Nigerians treasury

  15. Creation of more state is of highly advantageous to the citizen, in sense that it would provide employment opportunity, bringing government closer to the people, managing diversity among ethnicity, finding solution to the need of people at Local level etc. To i vehemently sopport

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