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A Tale of Two Cities; Kano & PHC
March 15, 2016

A Tale of Two Cities; Kano & PHC

A tale of two cities in Nigeria.

There are two cities in Nigeria called Kano City and Port Harcourt City.
Kano City is located in the North Western zone of the country.
Port Harcourt City is located in the South Southern zone of the country.

Kano City has an economy majorly sustained by agriculture, trade, manufacturing, and federal allocations.

Port Harcourt City has an economy majorly funded by oil & gas, politics, religion, trade and federal allocations.

Kano City has several functional traffic lights across the city, together with traffic police (not Nigerian Police) to enforce discipline and obedience.
Port Harcourt City does not have even one functional traffic light and depends on the Nigerian Police to control traffic.

Kano City has a functional central water system that supplies most parts of the city clean public water.
Port Harcourt City does not have a functional central water system that I know of.

Kano City has a higher standard of dualized road network than Port Harcourt City.

All the major roads of Kano city have functional street lights. Half of the street lights in Port Harcourt are not functional.

A bag of sachet water has remained at N60 in Kano City. In Port Harcourt, it has increased from N100 to N200 per bag.

Kano city has a similar number of industrial estates as Port Harcourt City. Port Harcourt industrial estates are involved in servicing of the oil & gas industry. Kano City Industrial states are majorly involved in manufacturing of consumable goods for local, regional and national consumption.

Kano and Rivers State are both involved in the illegal act of strangulating the LGAs and depriving them (LGAs) of their federal allocated funds and using same funds to develop their state capitals.

In December 2015, Rivers State received a federal allocation of N5.9Billion while the 23 LGAs in Rivers State received a federal allocation of N2.3Billion, making a total of N8.2Billion for Rivers State.

In December 2015, Kano state received a federal allocation of N3.9Billion while the 44 LGAs in Kano state received a federal allocation of N4.2Billion, making it a total of N8.1Billion for Kano State.

As at December 2015, Rivers State had a debt profile of N46.9Billion while Kano State had a debt profile of N57.6Billion

Kano City and Kano state currently has a better and accountable leadership structure than Port Harcourt City and Rivers state. True Fiscal Federalism will reposition the two cities and states into further enhancing competition, productivity, efficiency, accountability and sustainable development.

Kano City/Kano state and Port Harcourt CIty/Rivers State can both survive under a restructured Nigeria.

To be continued….

#RestructureNigeria
#TrueFiscalFederalism
#SupportRegionalAutonomy

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