The Senate has debunked the creation of 20 new states in the country.
The Senate debunked a report that the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution proposed the formation of 20 new states in Nigeria on Sunday.
Ajibola Basiru, the Senate Spokesperson and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, announced this in a statement.
‘The Senate Committee did not propose the creation of 20 new states,’ read the statement.
Bashiru, who called the report a “gross misrepresentation” of the Senate Committee’s decision on the request for more states, said the 20 new states would only approve the creation of any if section 8 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, was followed.
“Our attention has been drawn to a media report that the Senate Committee of Review of the 1999 Constitution has proposed the creation of additional 20 States,” the Senate Committee stated.
Rather than recommending the creation of any state, the Senate Committee decided that, while acknowledging receipt of several bills proposing new states, it is not in a position to recommend or propose the creation of any state unless section 8 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic, as amended, is followed.
Creation of 20 New States
“For the sake of clarity, Section 8 of the Constitution states:
Only if an Act of the National Assembly is passed for the purpose of forming a new state:
(a) in each of the following, a request supported by a two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State), namely –
I the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives,
(ii) in the case of the area, the House of Assembly, and
(iii) in the case of the area, the local government councils,
The National Assembly receives it;
(b) a proposal for the establishment of the State is then approved by a referendum of at least two-thirds of the people in the area where the demand for the establishment of the State originated;
(c) the referendum results are then approved by a simple majority of all States of the Federation, with a simple majority of members of the Houses of Assembly supporting them; and
(d) a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of members of each House of the National Assembly approves the proposal.
“In light of the foregoing, the Senate Committee is unable to recommend the creation of any state as reported. Rather, the committee decided to refer the requests to the Independent National Electoral Commission in order to ensure compliance with section 8 of the Constitution by holding a referendum in the areas if the requests were supported by a two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State) in the Senate, House of Representatives, and House of Assemblies.
“The above clarifications are imperative to set the record straight,” the statement read.
Below is the full list of the names of the 20 new states:
- ITAI State (from Akwa Ibom State)
- State status for the FCT
- Katagum State from Bauchi State
- Okura State from Kogi East
- Adada State from Enugu State
- Gurara State from Kaduna South
- Ijebu State from Ogun State
- Ibadan State from Oyo State
- Tiga State from Kano State
- Ghari State from Kano State
- Amana State from Adamawa
- Gongola State from Adamawa
- Mambilla State from Taraba State
- Savannah State from Borno State
- Okun state from Kogi State.
- Etiti State from the South East Zone
- Orashi State from Imo and Anambra states
- Njaba from the present Imo State
- Excision of Aba State from Abia State;
- Anioma State from Delta State
- Torogbene and Oil River States, from Bayelsa Delta and Rivers states
- Bayajida State from parts of Katsina, Jigawa, and Zamfara states.
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