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Enugu assembly backs creation of Adada state

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Enugu – The Enugu State House of Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the creation of Adada State out of the present Enugu State.

Presenting the motion during plenary, the sponsor of the motion and Leader of the Assembly, Mr Sunday Ude-Okoye, said the history of the struggle for the creation of Adada state began 31 years ago.

He said it was the oldest demand in the South East zone of the country that was yet to be actualised.

In his six-point motion prayers which was co-sponsored by 21 others, Ude-Okoye urged the relevant stakeholders, members of the National Assembly, state legislators, elected chairmen and councillors from the seven local government areas that constitute Enugu North Senatorial zone to initiate actions for the actualisation of the state.

“That this honorable House, today, first day of November, 2012 do hereby pledge total support and commitment to the creation of Adada state out of the present Enugu State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Two, that this honorable House appreciates the genuine efforts of the Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Barrister Sullivan Iheanacho Chime towards the realisation of Adada dream through setting up the state committee on the creation of Adada state.

“Three, that this honourable House urges the governor of Enugu State to continue to give all the necessary logistic support to the state committee set up for the actualisation of Adada state.

“This Honorable House hereby resolves that any other request for the creation of a new state outside Adada state from Enugu, is not in tune with the wishes of the good people of Enugu State.”

The lawmaker said formal request for the creation of the new state was forwarded to the National Assembly on March 2, 1983 through the late Senator Isaiah Ani who represented Nsukka in the senate between 1979 and 1983.

He said the second attempt was on Jan. 2, 1996 to the Mbanefo Committee on the creation of states and local governments while the other was on Feb. 19, 2006 by the Chief promoter, Igwe Charles Abangwu to the national assembly.

The leader of the assembly listed other efforts toward the creation of the state to include the inauguration of a 24 man committee headed by (Rtd), Maj.-Gen. Godwin Ugwuoke, by Gov. Sullivan Chime on Sept. 17, 2007.

He said the South East caucus of the National Assembly had inaugurated a 10-man committee of senators and members of the House of Representatives under Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume and when the demand for the creation of four states, namely: Aba, Adada, Urashi and Njaba were presented, Adada got the highest vote.

Ude-Okoye said that since there was a high demand for the creation of Adada state, all well-meaning people from the South East should support it.

He said the land area for the new state was still intact and its creation would make for justice, equity and fairness in the political equation of state creation, among other things, in the six geo-political zones of the country.

According to him, the name Adada was derived from the Adada River in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.

He said Nsukka would serve as the state capital.

All the lawmakers present spoke in favour of the creation of the new state.

The Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, commended the sponsor and contributors and urged the state committee on state creation to adopt all the content of the motion for fairness. (NAN)

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