(Anambra)Â â€”Â Chief Victor Umeh, National Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has urged the Federal Government and National Assembly to correct the present geographical imbalance in creation of states. Umeh stated this weekend,Â at Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State during a condolence visit to the family ofÂ the late Chief Jerome Udoji.
He said, â€œit is a twin issue, that of creation ofÂ a state or more states and local government areas, inclusive within the South-East geographical zone.
â€œIt remains our wish as Igbo people, because the imbalance is affecting us in so many ways, both in revenue sharing and employment opportunities given to states. Especially recruitment of people into the armed forces and federal civil service.
â€œThese things are done on the basis of states. So long as the imbalance in states and local government areas exists, the Igbo will continue to suffer the disadvantages of being reduced to only five states and 95 local government areas.â€
â€œOur people will keep the struggle on by asking forÂ additional state and local government areas to correct the imbalance. These twin issues must be tackled simultaneously, since if you create an additional state without more local government areas, it does not solve our problem.to correct the imbalance.â€
â€œThe South-SouthÂ has 123 councils, South-West 137 councils and if you go to the Northern, the gap is wider. If it is not done today, in the future they will know that such imbalance is existing and it is injustice to our people,â€ he added.