Columns and Opinions across Nigerian Newspapers

Kwara State at 50 - There are divergent views about the progress recorded so far since the 12 states were created by the military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon 50 years ago. There are the pessimists who hold that states (now 36 in number) have not achieved the desired goals of development. In some extreme cases there have been strident calls for the abolition of states with nostalgia for the old three regions. On the other hand there are the optimists and enthusiasts who see states, as success stories. Lagos, Kano and Rivers states are commendably up beat with all inclusive anniversary programmes. Lagos under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode makes state creation alluring with a year long creative mass participatory anniversary activities. But in a sense both “for” and “against” positions on states creation are valid. The truth is that most States have recorded some achievements but far from the expectations at the beginning 50 years ago.