APC Chieftain Makes Case For Additional State In S’East

By Johnson Nwankwo

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Joe Igbokwe, has said that Nigeria owes the Southeast an additional state. Igbokwe stated this via his verified Facebook page.

He wrote, “Nigeria is still owing the Southeast an additional one state and one governor.”

This remark follows the bill seeking to create Adada State, which passed its first reading in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill is sponsored by Senator Okey Ezea representing Enugu North Senatorial District.

The bill is cited as the “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2024 (SB. 482).” The proposed amendment aims to alter Section 3(1) and the First Schedule, Part 1 of the Constitution to facilitate the creation of another state in the Southeast region.

Additionally, the bill for the creation of Etiti State has passed its first reading in the House of Representatives. If approved, Etiti State will be carved out of Anambra, Abia, Imo, Enugu, and Ebonyi States. The proposal, presented by House members Amobi Ogah, Miriam Onuoha, Kama Nkemkama, Chinwe Nnabuife, and Anayo Onwuegbu, suggests that Etiti will consist of 11 local government areas from these states, with its capital designated in Lokpanta.

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