By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—A university don, Professor Rufus Akinyele, has advised the National Assembly to impose a moratorium of 10 years on state creation following several request for more states.
Professor Akinyele, who lectures at the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, believed all the arguments raised by agitators of state creation were too flimsy and urged the legislative arm to toe the steps that General Yakubu Gowon(rtd) took in 1970 to put paid to the unnecessary clamour.
He said this while presenting a paper entitled, “Administrative history and the crisis of governance in Nigeria ” at the inaugural roundtable organised by the Network of Nigerian Historians in the University of Ibadan yesterday.
According to the historian, part of the problems the country was facing could be attributed to the failure of its leaders to recourse to history that should have guided them and noted that a persistent and thoughtful study of the past could provide potential clues to understanding present challenges and potential solutions to current problems.
Still puncturing the claims of proponents of state creation, the don argued that they failed to back their views with facts and figures and said the claims that state creation would promote development was weak, adding, “this claim is neither backed by the facts of history nor supported by current development. If anything, the proliferation of state has diverted attention from real growth to mere duplication of government offices and institutions.”