n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Re-regionalization and fiscal federalism : the panacea for accelerated national development in Nigeria

Volume 3, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


The current process of the review of the Nigerian 1999 constitution by the National Assembly is grappling with some critical issues of national significance. One of such issues is what to do with the current structure of the Nigerian state. Several positions are being canvassed by the various interest groups that are re-examining the Nigeria project. A proposal which seems to be gaining widespread support and momentum is the clamour for the need to go back to the regional structure which was jettisoned during the Nigeria-Biafra war with the creation of twelve states out of the then existing four regions. The memories of the developmental achievements of the then regional governments have made proponents of re-regionalization to argue that it was a mistake in the first instance to have disbanded the regional structure. This paper interrogates the proposal, examines the challenges that comes with it. It concludes that the restructuring of the Nigerian federation with the six geopolitical zones as the federating units, fiscal autonomy and a loose centre, will make the centre less attractive and spur development at the regional levels.

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