Benin’s going from 12 departments to 29 and is redoing the whole administrative map, from arrondissements to chef lieux.
The government doesn’t even have enough money to pay its contractors! We are broke-asses over here! Where on earth do they think they’re going to come up with the cash to build the new infrastructure required to build city halls, prefectures, courts, and all of the other trappings that come with being a department? Who’s going to pay all the new government workers?
And why, when the committee appointed to study the change suggests 21, did the government move for 29? Call me a cynic, but it sounds like gerrymandering to me.
The law has to get by the scrutiny of the Supreme Court and the Assemblée Nationale, however, I have a feeling it’ll pass. Who is going to refuse infrastructure and jobs in their localities, even if it means giving a few more votes to the government in 2011?