State creation possible with lobbying, says Omo-Agege – ORDER PAPER

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OrderPaperToday – The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Ovie Omo-Agege, has stated that creation of more states is possible if lobbying is applied by stakeholders.

He stated this on Thursday when a delegation from Katagum, Missau and Jama’are Emirates in Bauchi State led by a former Head of Service of the Federation and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, paid the Senator a courtesy visit.

The delegation requested for the creation of Katagum State from the present Bauchi State as contained in its memorandum.

Details of the visit were contained in the press release by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga.

Omo-Agege stressed that the National Assembly only has the powers to amend the Constitution and not overhaul same,”saying:

“We have a lot of positions taken by various interests to the effect that the Constitution review exercise is not necessary. That what they require is a complete rewrite of the Nigerian Constitution. I am glad that we have, seated before us here today in this delegation, people who are very well read, lettered with sound knowledge of the constitution that the power granted to us as a National Assembly, precisely under Section 9 of the Constitution, is a power to amend provisions of the Constitution and not to rewrite the Constitution.

“Irrespective of my personal views, the views of members of this committee, you will need to do a lot of lobbying. No matter what we think as members of this committee about the appropriateness and justness of your cause, I want to plead with you to reach out to our colleagues from all of the geopolitical zones because not one state or geopolitical zone can give you a state. But it is about lobbying. If you do this, there is no reason why you should not be able to pull this through.

“We are working on a data bank. And it has a lot of materials. It includes the confab report of 2014 and the report of the El-Rufai’s Committee of 2018. In addition to that, we also have other materials that have come to us by way of bills”.

The Senator pointed out that the National Assembly is just one out of the many stakeholders involved in the alteration of the national document.

“This is an exercise we take very seriously. This is a serious request. We are going to look into it and give you all of the assistance we can muster. It is not just about the National Assembly. Our job is to lay the foundation before it goes to the other stakeholders,” he added.

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