A Unitary System of Government in a Federal Structure in Nigeria (Unifedism): Implication for National Integration and Sustainable Development.

Augustine Ejiofor Onyishi

Abstract


The issue of the nexus between federating units and the central government in a given political society is the fundamental question of our constitutional time. Experience has revealed that it cannot be settled by the opinion of one generation, since it is a question of growth, and each successive stage of our political and economic development gives it a new aspect and makes it a new national question to be explored. This study examined the variant of the system of government in Nigeria and its impact on the quest for sustainable nation development as well as national integration. It revealed however, that the political environment under the prevailing system of government in Nigeria is hostile to both national integration and sustainable development. Nonetheless, the study recommends that a development model rooted on sharing of Government revenue and the struggle to control the central government must give way to a new structure that will challenge and drive productivity in different regions across the country. This new model, the study contends must take into account that the factors driving productivity in today’s world are no longer driven by fossil oil but rather the proliferation of a knowledge-based economy. 


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