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Started by Suleman, June 01, 2010, 04:34:06 PM
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Quote from: Suleman on June 01, 2010, 04:34:06 PMI might as well cast the first stone. A few days back, I was narrating to a friend, an idea that I thought will solve a lot of the problems currently facing us. My idea, to scrap states and just retain the local and federal government structures in the country. Each state is made up of local governments, and to have 2 separate allocations, one for each, in my view, is first of all duplication as well as an avenue for corruption, inefficiency and lack of order to say the least.
QuoteLionger, we are viewing the same point but from different angles. Its a bit like the chicken and egg question. I am of the view that our structure is fundamental to the progress we will make. We are a country of many Nationalities. I believe, and I stand to be corrected on this one, that the states were created to bring government closer to the people, but most importantly, to suppress any more urge for seccession ala Biafra. Having more states, in my view, has been a very binding factor on us as a Nation, as it is more difficult for say, 6 Ibo states to put heads together and talk about seccession; during Biafra it was only the Eastern region governed by one man. If I am right on this one, then surely having 400 LGs will even be more binding cause then, even amongst the same tribes, every one shall answer his Papa name as they say. I would like to think our problem is more to do with how much power is concentrated in an office rather than the number of offices.
Quote from: Suleman on June 02, 2010, 11:40:31 AMAs an aside, I read today that =N=10BN has been budgeted for 50th anniversary celebrations. Am I missing something here? Should'nt the theme be "reflection" rather than celebration?
Quote from: lionger on June 01, 2010, 07:42:38 PMWhat needs to change in Nigeria are its inhabitants.
Quote from: lionger on June 01, 2010, 07:42:38 PMCorruption has already been mentioned and is an obvious example.
Quote from: Muhsin on June 02, 2010, 01:45:11 PM@Lionger,Well said. I am 90% with you there. I too see no reason and no point in scrapping states. Leave states as they are but, to me, local governments should be did away with. Why? They are the roots of corruption, nepotism, favourism, embezzlement and all other filthy acts.
Quote from: Dan-Borno on June 02, 2010, 02:58:33 PMlionger has initially highlighted our major problem(s) that ifwe can be able to deal with, all other things will be fine.Quote from: lionger on June 01, 2010, 07:42:38 PMWhat needs to change in Nigeria are its inhabitants.andQuote from: lionger on June 01, 2010, 07:42:38 PMCorruption has already been mentioned and is an obvious example.there is nothing wrong with the present system if corruptionand unpatriotism can be reduced to its minimum level.another interesting issue is, does the unity of this country everhelped matters?
QuoteI don't suppose the other 10% is disagreeing with his view that our culture supports bad conduct? I don't think that is the complete picture.
QuoteCorruption is a base instinct of all peoples, and all the advanced societies of the world have had to work hard against it. We in Nigeria have not worked nearly hard enough in the fight against corruption and other societal evils. Until we do that, there will be no relief for us.
QuoteI would like to ask if corruption was as bad 20 yrs ago as it is now? My answer is no, not at all.
QuoteIt has more to do with our "circumstance" rather than our culture. Our circumstance in this case being extreme poverty and lack of exposure/experience.
QuoteNotice that I intentionally did not use the word "illiteracy" as many would have put it. Many of our people may not genuinely be aware that things can be done, and indeed are done differently elsewhere.
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