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New states coming before 2011 elections, say lawmakers

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—A group of Senators and members of the House of Representatives under the aegis of Forum of the National Assembly for the actualisation of states creation, yesterday said new states will be created before the 2011 general election.

The group added that the proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution will not be possible without states creation.

The group, led by Senator Ayogu Eze, told newsmen at the National Assembly in Abuja that the new states ought to be created before the 2011 general polls.

According to Eze, the 50-member strong forum have envisioned that the creation of states before the 2011 general election would enable them take part in it.

He said, “We have taken some very far decisions. Some have left for different assignments. This place was full. And all of us agree on one thing that there can be no constitutional amendment in Nigeria without state creation.

“All of us have been sent here by our people.  And, our people have asked us to be part of the constitutional amendment if they are creating states.  We believe that state creation is very possible and highly realisable within a civilian dispensation.

“We are going to dialogue among ourselves and put structures in place to make sure that we bring this about before the next election. These states that will be created will take part in the next election,” Eze added.

“We are going to continue this dialogue. We are going to continue to meet and in the course of the meeting, we will carry you along as we continue to push this agenda.

”Before 2011, we will create states. We think that it is feasible. We think that constitutional amendment is feasible. That is why both chambers of the National Assembly are united in this decision,” he stressed.

Eze, who also spoke on the face-off between the two chambers and its possibility of hampering their plans said the two chambers are united in their demand.


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