By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—Former Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu, Professor Samuel Igwe, has called on the National Assembly to invoke the doctrine of necessity to create an additional state for the South East Zone as constitutional procedure to achieve same was too cumbersome.
Giving a lecture in Umuahia to mark the 22nd Abia State anniversary celebration, Igwe said since creation of new states through constitution review had become extremely difficult, the lawmakers should use the principle of doctrine of necessity to give the South East zone another state to bridge the imbalance in the number of states in each of the nation’s geographical zones.
“There are six geo-political zones. Four have six states; one has seven while the South East has five. Don’t forget that our national revenue is shared on the basis of states and local governments which leave the South East receiving the least. That is not right.
“All we are saying is why don’t you (Legislators) invoke the law of necessity and create one additional state in the South East, at least, for purposes of equity and fairness.
“Since the unfortunate civil war ended, we were told the slogan was no victor, no vanquished. Let them put it into practice,” Prof. Igwe said.