President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has expressed that the restructuring of Nigeria should be driven by economic and financial viability.
Adesina pointed that economic and financial viability are necessary for political viability.
Adesina stated this while delivering a public lecture in Akure on Tuesday.
The public lecture titled ‘Toward a New Nigeria From Federal Fatherism to a Commonwealth’ was delivered virtually from the base of the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
During the lecture, Adesina emphasized the need to diversify the source of financing for states across Nigeria.
He pointed out that Nigerians in Diaspora remitted $24 billion in 2019, which accounted for half of crude oil exports.
The AfDB President also called for a better way of supporting states in financing critical infrastructure.
He charged states to focus on turning their resources into wealth, based on their areas of comparative advantage.
Adesina suggested that resources in each state should be managed by the States, while they pay federal taxes and royalties to the Federal Government.