GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

In the area of General Administration 13 new states and over 300 local government areas were created in the country. Apart from the obvious all-round political advantage to the areas and people concerned, the policy had the clear objective of bringing socio-economic development to the grassroots. The Federal Government gave the take-off grants to these new states and local authorizes.

At the same time, the development of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was pursued with maximal vigor. In result, the accelerated construction of infrastructure and facilities permitted the seat of government and administration to move to Abuja in 1991. The provision of urban subsystems and facilities in the new capital had to target also the projected incoming democratic administration.

The Political Transition Program was designed to reintroduce Nigeria to a democratic culture. Our administration did not want to remain in power a day more than was necessary. Democratic structures and institutions to midwife the much-desired democratic culture had to be put in place at all levels and, of course, funded. The process of democratization of the polity was started at the grassroots with the election of local government chairmen and councilors, and, later on, at the states and federal levels with the election of Government and State Assemblies and the National Assembly. This was a methodical learning process.