by crossriverwatch admin
There was jubilation yesterday when the National Conference overwhelmingly endorsed the recommendation for additional 18 new states nation-wide including Ogoja State.
The National Judicial Institute (NJI) venue of the conference erupted in celebration soon after delegates voted in favor of the recommendation of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government; they left their seats and exchanged pleasantries.
The occasion also saw delegates from the other five geo-political zones joined their South-East counterparts in celebrating the endorsement of the creation of an additional state for the South Eastern part of the country which presently has only five states while the other zones have six each.
The overwhelming approval for the additional creation came after weeks of intense lobbying and underground politicking Igbo delegates.
The landmark approval did not come without a lone opposition from a northern delegate, Dr Auwalu Yadudu from Kano State. His attempts to call the attention of the leadership to his ‘Point of Order’ was ignored.
For over 10 minutes, he shouted. Apparently sensing that his pleas had been ignored, he quietly sat down.
The conference endorsed the creation of the 18 additional states with stringent conditions attached insisting that states seeking to be created must be viable and have at least one natural, mineral or solid resource.
Some of the states recommended include, Ogoja, Adada, Aba, Savannah, Njaba-Anim, Gurara, Etiti, Anioma, New Oyo, Ijebu and Orashi.
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