Zoning in politics may be described as a way of balancing governance by rotating power among geopolitical zones. In this context, every zone that makes up a given political entity is expected to present a representative to pilot the seat of power.
This idea is somewhat accepted across the nation but is more practicable in some States of the federation. It became an option when the polity fired up, in order to avert foreseen crisis and to keep the structure together. But then this is unconstitutional and not accepted by every political party
Abia State is one of those States that has managed to implement zoning. Thanks to the ruling party in the State which has been in charge since the military handed over power to civilians. Has this system paid off??
Not exactly. The truth is that the idea was not scrutinized properly before implementation. It will only always result to negligence and poor maintenance of facilities that were built by previous governors. The government in power tends to focus on the zone in control in every given term while other zones are left to rot.
Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, under this dispensation is like an abandoned project. It is likely to remain so until power returns to the zone again. No major construction or structural development has been executed or considered for implementation. The once noisy town is now calm.
On the other hand, Aba is given the attention this term. The Governor’s official residence is in the zone. There are projects ongoing, though not as expected since the city has been in the warehouse for a while. Isuikwuato, Arochukwu, Bende and the rest will have to manage till the wheel returns to them. This means such areas are left to fallow and deteriorate.