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Senate Lists Conditions For Creation Of New States In Nigeria.

According to a report from Daily Trust, it was reported that the Senate has listed some conditions for the creation of new states in Nigeria. The National Assembly Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, had on numerous occasions received many requests beseeching the creation of new states in Nigeria.

The Senate spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said that the Red Chamber has said any proposition made for the creation of new states in Nigeria, must agree with the provisions made in section 8 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

The Senate spokesperson stated this in a statement on Sunday, while discharging reports that the Senate is planning to create 20 additional States in the Country, which makes people talk too much about it. He said that among the provisions made by the constitution is that, at least two-thirds of the majority of the people in the area must agree, and two-thirds of the majority of members of each House of the National Assembly Must also agree.

In addition, for ease of access, the provisions are as follows; ‘An Act of the National Assembly for creation of a new state shall only be considered if – (a) a request, supported by at least two-thirds majority of members in each of the following, namely (i) the Senate and the House of Representatives, (ii) the House of Assembly in respect of the area, and (iii) the local government councils in respect of the area, is received by the National Assembly;

“‘(b) a proposal for the creation of the state is thereafter approved in a referendum by at least two-thirds majority of the people of the area where the demand for creation of the state was originated;

“‘(c) the result of the referendum is then approved by a simple majority of all the states of the Federation supported by a simple majority of members of the Houses of Assembly; and

“‘(d) the proposal is approved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of members of each House of the National Assembly.’

“In view of the above, the Senate Committee is not in a position of proposing any creation of the state as reported, but rather, the senate has decided to submit the requests sent to her to Independent National Electoral Commission for the following of section 8 of the Constitution by conducting a referendum in the areas whether the requests are supported by at least two-thirds majority of members of each House of Assembly in the Senate.

Source: Daily Trust.

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