The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Structure Evaluation, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on Thursday stated, there is no such thing as a hindrance to States creation if proponents lobbied effectively.
He stated the ability of states creation lies with the Nationwide Meeting which additionally possesses powers of a constitutional modification.
Omo-Agege spoke when he hosted a delegation from Katagum, Misau and Jama’are Emirates in Bauchi State, led by a former Head of Service of the Federation and Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed.
The delegation had known as for the creation of Katagum State from the current Bauchi State, whereas they offered a memorandum on the proposed State to the Committee.
Based on Omo-Agege, the panel would harvest from its knowledge financial institution, stressing that the 2014 confab report, El- Rufai panel report of 2018, in addition to structure alteration payments already referred to the committee, would enrich its project.
He stated: “We now have loads of positions taken by numerous pursuits to the impact that the Structure overview train will not be obligatory. That what they require is an entire rewrite of the Nigerian Structure. I’m glad that now we have, seated earlier than us right here at present on this delegation, people who find themselves very well-read, lettered with sound information of the structure that the ability granted to us as a Nationwide Meeting, exactly below Part 9 of the Structure, is an influence to amend provisions of the Structure and to not rewrite the Structure.
“No matter my private views, the views of members of this committee, you’ll need to do loads of lobbying. It doesn’t matter what we expect as members of this committee concerning the appropriateness and justness of your trigger, I need to plead with you to succeed in out to our colleagues from all the geopolitical zones as a result of not one state or geopolitical zone can provide you a state. However it’s about lobbying. Should you do that, there is no such thing as a purpose why you shouldn’t be capable of pull this via.
“We’re engaged on an information financial institution. And it has loads of supplies. It consists of the confab report of 2014 and the report of the El-Rufai’s Committee of 2018. Along with that, we additionally produce other supplies which have come to us by means of payments”.
He identified that the Nationwide Meeting is only one out of the various stakeholders concerned within the alteration of the nationwide doc.
“That is an train we take very significantly. It is a severe request. We’re going to look into it and offer you all the help we will muster. It’s not simply concerning the Nationwide Meeting. Our job is to put the muse earlier than it goes to the opposite stakeholders,” he said.
Members of the Steering Committee who joined Senator Omo-Agege in receiving the visitors included the Senate Majority Chief, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Chief, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Minority Whip, Senator Phillip Aduda.
Earlier, chief of the delegation and former SGF, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, stated the decision for the creation of Katagum State dates again to 1980s, including that the Second Senate in 1981 and the 2014 Nationwide Convention had already accepted the creation of the state.
Whereas affirming his confidence within the Ninth Nationwide Meeting, Alhaji Ahmed declared that the proposed state was economically viable within the areas of agriculture, stable minerals, livestock and water assets.
Based on him, when created, it will carry growth nearer to the individuals.
He stated: “We’re hereby presenting on your form consideration, the request for the creation of Katagum State out of the present Bauchi State. We’re doing so minding the truth that the Nationwide Meeting is the one physique recognised constitutionally to provoke and create states. Something outdoors that won’t yield any optimistic outcome.
“Due to this fact we’re reaffirming our confidence within the Nationwide Meeting to do the fitting factor on the proper time”.
Different members of the delegation embrace Ambassador Jibrin Chinade, Ambassador Adamu Aliyu, Captain Bala Jibrin, Alhaji Buba Gamawa, Alhaji Nadada Umar, Dr. Waziri Mohammed, Rt. Hon. Umar Sarki, member representing Katagum Federal Constituency, amongst others.