By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has said that Nigeria cannot develop unless states are given free hands to manage their God-given resources.
Adesina said this during a lecture he delivered at in Akure the Ondo State capital marking the 2nd term inauguration ceremony of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Speaking on a theme: “towards a new Nigeria, from federal fatherism to a commonwealth”, Adesina said the time has come for the government at the state level to handle their resources for immediate use of its people.
According to him “time has come for state to be given free hand to operate and which means restructuring must be given a priority”
“we have poverty in the land today because resources are wasting and left untapped just because, states are powerless and handicap to make proper use of their resources”
In the same vain, the Minister of state for Niger Delta, Senator Tayọ Alasoadura said that the wanton child’s bearing should also be considered as a factor responsible for the poverty across boards.
Alasoadura said that a situation where a man will have three to four wives with about 35 children, that how would such family feed well, thereby increasing the level of poverty in the society.