By Egbogota Clara As Nigerians proceed to mount strain to restructure the nation, the convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has joined the decision.
Bakare who urged the Federal Government to heed the decision for restructuring famous that the geo-political zones can be inspired to develop alongside their space of greatest comparative benefit.
Bakare mentioned this throughout a State of the Nation’s briefing at his Latter Rain Assembly Church in Lagos on Sunday.
He mentioned that such restructuring would return the nation to the successful method of the previous that facilitated its socio-economic growth.
According to him, with restructuring, Nigeria can leapfrog inside 10 years the phases of industrialisation to turn out to be a worldwide industrial powerhouse comprised of six geo-economic zones.
He mentioned, “The North-central zone can optimise its mechanised agricultural potential and harness the Rivers Niger and the Benue, not only for irrigation but in addition for hydroponic farming.
“It can turn out to be a centre of world class cattle ranching that can quell the menace of herdsmen assaults and likewise incubate allied alternatives similar to meat, milk and leather-based processing.
“The zone can then transit into heavy industries, together with metal manufacturing and auto-manufacturing, whereas additionally harnessing the rivers as inland waterways and vacationer sights.
“Similarly, the North-west zone can harness its huge arable land by deploying land-enhancing applied sciences for mechanised agriculture and cattle ranching, whereas additionally changing into Africa’s defence manufacturing hub.
“With these preparations, the zone will be offering adequate aggressive impetus to revive its historic potential as a central hub in Africa’s textile business.
“The North East can have the chance to redefine its identification from being a hotbed of insurgency to changing into a hub for cattle ranching, pharmaceutical and building industries and its distinctive mineral assets similar to clay, limestone and gypsum.
“The South West can revive the imaginative and prescient of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, it is not going to simply resuscitate its huge industrial and agro-allied manufacturing potential; it will probably turn out to be a worldwide centre for warehousing and world-class sea and airports.
“Lagos State can consolidate its place because the African hub of world finance. Nigeria owes this area the pressing activation of the pragmatic method to restructuring.
“This approach will see the zone progressively obtaining autonomy over these resources such that it can house a cluster of refineries and petrochemical industries,” he mentioned.
Bakare mentioned that with these approaches, inside 10 years, from a close to unitary construction comprising 36 states, these geo-economic zones might evolve into six sturdy federating geo-political zones and a Federal Capital Territory.
The cleric who condemned the latest killings within the nation, prayed for the repose of the lifeless.
“I’m additionally saddened by the phobia assaults on locations of worship throughout the festive season. My heartfelt condolences go to the households and communities in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State.
“Those who started the 12 months in grief due to the murderous actions of heartless criminals, I pray that they, and each hurting Nigerian, will expertise the comforting hand of God,’’ he mentioned.