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Constitution amendment almost concluded – Mark

…says there’s need to create more states

By Ben Agande

ABUJA—The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has said the National Assembly has concluded the amendment of the relevant sections of the 1999 constitution and is ‘only awaiting for the endorsement of the 36 States House of Assembly for the final passage’ of the constitution.

Senator David Mark who spoke while receiving the Director-General of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, as well as representatives of his kinsmen from Benue South, who are agitating for the creation of a separate state for the Idoma people of Benue State said the agitation for the creation of states by many persons had given credence to the demand.

According to him, all grey areas in the 1999 Constitution have been adequately addressed in the proposed amendment.

Speaking on the agitation by many people for the creation of more states, Senator Mark said  “For the simple reason that many people are agitating for State creation, gives credence to the need for such exercise,” adding that the National Assembly would “do all that is right, just and needful for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“This Senate in particular will stand solidly for the unity, peace and progress of our nation. We shall be guided by national interest, the Constitution and the standing rules of the Senate in all our actions.”

States creation ‘ll bring  development
While emphasizing that the creation of more states would bring development nearer to the people, he said the agitation for such creation ‘must not in any way create disharmony or rancour between and among people’, pointing out that  even when states are created, people of different states would still need to work together.

Earlier, the Secretary of the Movement for the Creation of Apa State, Chief Benson Abuonu said besides the need to actualise self determination, the Apa State would be economically and politically viable if created.

He listed the mineral resources that abound in the area to include limestone, salt, petroleum and gas deposits among others, which he opined could sustain the state economically.

In his comment while visiting the senate president,  the Director-General of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professor Epiphany Azinge canvassed the review of Chapter two of the Constitution in order to make it justiceable.

He praised the senate, noting that “as far as the position of the law is, you are doing well. We urge you to continue the good works.

Professor Azinge was accompanied on the visit by the former Chief Judge of the Republic of India, Justice P. N. Bhagwati


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