Ekweremadu Seeks Collapse Of 36 States Structure Into Six Zones

Ike EkweremaduDeputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for the collapse of the existing 36 states of the federation into six geopolitical zones as part of a drastic restructuring of the country’s federation.
Failure to do this, he noted, would result in the country’s development being continually hampered.
According to Ekweremadu, the abolition of the 36 states would unleash the latent potentials for growth by the regions, which he said, were, over the years, foiled by the reckless derailment of the country’s federalism by successive military governments.
The deputy Senate president offered the advice in his new book, “Who will love my country: Ideas of building the Nigeria of our dreams”, which is due for public presentation tomorrow in Abuja.
In the book, Senator Ekweremadu heaped praises on the nation’s founding fathers – Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamadi Azikiwe and Sir Ahmadu Bello – for espousing federalism as the basis of the country’s federation at independence.
He said that arguments that fiscal federalism would bring about distortive growth were untenable, affirming that even in a forest, not all trees are equal.