Former presidential aspirant, Mr. Donald Duke, has said that should the poor economic viability status of most states in the country persists, then the Lagos economy may no longer support the population growth in the state. Duke, who was governor of Cross River State between 1999 and 2007, blamed the development on most governors, who he said had failed in making their states economically viable.
He spoke in Lagos during a weeklong activity to launch the sub-national index report by the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria. According to him, since most of the governors have failed to economically empower the people, “most of them have found solace in Lagos State and are migrating every day and as a result, the infrastructure in Lagos is declining and the economy of the state is cashing in on this.”
He added, “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.