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Vanguard : States must be more productive – Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, has urged states to be more productive, saying the states see themselves as political rather than economic entities.

Speaking at the unveiling of National Competitiveness Report and Sub-National Index Report by National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria, NCCN, in Lagos, Duke said each state has enough resources to grow its economy rather than depending on the federal government. He lamented that there is no master-plan to make states economic entities. He said: “If you don’t get the economics right, then governance cannot work. You cannot be competitive when you are not productive. The first thing is how do we get productive? “So, we have a country, where a blessing (exponential population growth) is turning into a curse, because in the next three years, our population will be 200 million, yet all the productive indices are going down. Lagos may be crowded; every year, 750,000 new people come to Lagos to reside; the economy cannot support that. So if you don’t get the rest of the country working, Lagos itself will collapse.”