Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor on Saturday declared that Nigeria must be restructured to help the nation regain past glory.
Makinde, at the unveiling of a digital television outfit, SATVIEW Network, said it was unbelievable that Nigeria, which had the first television station in Africa, now relies on foreign television networks.
The Oyo helmsman stated that his administration will continue to identify, encourage and support creative-minded youths to grow businesses.
A statement by spokesman Taiwo Adisa quoted Makinde as saying that the push for a restructured Nigeria is aimed at making it regain the series of firsts recorded by the first generation leaders.
“We are pushing for a restructured country because when we achieved all of these firsts, the country was not overcentralised at that time.
“We believe that when we push through the agenda to restructure the country, we will be in a better position for people to unleash their talents, not just the local economy, but also to place us where we really belong in the comity of nations right across Africa.
“Oyo State, Ibadan precisely, hosted the first TV station in Africa. Almost all of us here have DSTV at home and the money we are paying to DSTV is going directly to South Africa because that is where the parent home is.
“We missed the road but we believe that, with the talents that we have, if we nurture them, we can get our position back as truly the first in Africa”, Makinde added.