The Jigawa governor sees no need for the creation of new states
The governor said this in Dutse, the state capital, on Wednesday, against the flurry of demands by some Nigerians for the creation of more states at the ongoing constitutional amendment sessions by the National Assembly.
Mr. Lamido, who received the Managing Director of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, in his office, said the road to national rebirth and sustainable development of a united Nigeria would be achieved if Nigerians see themselves not only as agents of change, but also by putting aside every divisive sentiments of religion and ethnicity.
“We must deal with the primitive behaviour and other anti-social character traits, including the spate of killings, that have continued to hinder the continued growth and development of the country, in order to build a country of glorious achievements of our collective aspirations and dreams”, the governor said.
“Everybody must behave well and act well in whatever we do. We must play our roles by being positive change agents in whatever we do,” he added.
While expressing confidence in Nigeria’s capacity to become a leading nation, Mr. Lamido said political institutions or restructuring alone would not make a nation great, but operators of such institutions can.
He said Nigerians need strength of character, with everybody playing his roles with patriotic zeal as well as moral rectitude in order to create the bedrock for self-actualisation and national development.
Proponents of state creation have argued that the present situation where some geo-political zones have more states than others was unfair for the polity. Some ethnic groups within some states have also called for creation of their own states.
In his introductory remarks, the NDIC boss commended the governor for his developmental strides as demonstrated by the physical development projects throughout the state.
He lauded Mr. Lamido particularly on some newly completed projects including the 500 units’ bungalow for civil servants, the deputy governor’s office complex and residential quarters, Mallam Aminu Kano Triangle and the State Secretariat complex.
Mr. Ibrahim expressed the commission’s desire to establish women micro-finance banks to be owned and managed by women as part of efforts to bridge the existing gap between men and women in the financial inclusion process.