Professor Sola Adeyeye, a former Osun State lawmaker and senator, contended that a misconception held by many in southern Nigeria is that the northern states are financially dependent on the southern states, which is leading some northern lawmakers to oppose fiscal federalism. He did, however, draw attention to the fact that certain southern states—like Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ekiti, and Osun—depend on federal funding just as much as certain northern ones. It appears that he is saying that the south-north division is not as complicated as the question of fiscal federalism. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
According to the report from the Tribune, Professor Sola Adeyeye said this while reacting to the claim that his party, the All Progressive Congress campaigned that it would restructure Nigeria if it came to power and the party has not done so in the ninth year in power.
He said, “The average southerners talk as if northern states are parasitic on the southern states. So, many northern legislators in the National Assembly almost compulsively reject attempts to return to fiscal federalism. They and many southerners usually forget that Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ekiti, and Osun states are as dependent on so-called ‘federal allocations’ as are Gombe, Yobe, Zamfara and Niger states.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>