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Why C’ttee On Constitution Review Rejected 61 Requests For New States – Ekweremadu

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ekweremaduDeputy Senate President and Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Ike Ekweremadu, said none of the 61 requests for state creation got the committee’s nod.

Ekweremadu stated this in Abuja on Wednesday when Enugu State Government Committee on the Actualisation of Adada State, led by retired Major Gen. Godwin Ugwoke, visited him.

He said: “To be sure that we are fair to all, especially in matters that have to do with state creation, I insisted that the 61 requests be analysed individually.

“We referred the entire work to our panel of consultants made up of the best in the areas of Constitutional Law and Federalism in this country.”

He, however, assured agitators of state creation that they should not lose hope yet as the exercise was continuous.

The senator said, “We use the opportunity to state clearly, not just to the people of Adada, but the other groups also, that the opportunity for state creation is a continuum.

“It is not limited to when there is a constitution amendment and we are not giving up on state creation, but what we insist on is for the correct thing to be done.

“I don’t want any section of Nigerians requesting for state to get disillusioned and drop their pursuits.

“We want to encourage everybody from all parts of Nigeria that desire new state to sustain their agitation as they will succeed someday.”

He explained further that his committee had to seek the inputs of constitutional law experts whose advice formed part of the basis for the rejection of the 61 requests received.

He cited the request for the creation of Adada state which he said was not recommended by the committee because the documents presented did not meet the provisions of Section 8 of the 1999 Constitution.

In his words: “Section 8 of the 1999 Constitution that deals with the issue of state creation does not make any timeframe within which it should be done.

“If you are asking for a state, the signatories have to be current elected officials who are in office within the period.

“Otherwise, you cannot say that you have signatures of members of the House of Representatives when they are no longer in the House of Representatives.”

He said that any request that does not meet the requirements of Section 8 of the constitution could still be upgraded in accordance with the constitutional provision and forwarded to the National Assembly.

“Once we are satisfied that the signatories are genuine, we will take the next step by directing the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a referendum.

Earlier, Mr. Ugwoke, who led the delegation, said the committee came to seek clarification on why its request failed to get the nod of the committee on constitution review.

He urged the Senate to give its much-needed support to the creation of Adada state out of the existing Enugu State. (NAN)

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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