Senate Gets Requests for 57 New States

The Senate on Tuesday announced that it had received 57 requests for new states. “We have 57 requests pending before us for state creation. I know that people should know that they have to negotiate and lobby at least two thirds of the 36 states of the federation to get any section of the 1999 Constitution amended,” Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), said. The Senate Leader did not mention the names of the new states being requested nor the promoters. Ndoma-Egba, at a round table discussion organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja, said the National Assembly did not have any agenda concerning the move to amend the constitution. The lawmaker said there were insinuations by individuals and groups alleging that the Senate and the House of Representatives had taken a position on the aspects of the constitution to be amended.  “National Assembly has no position on any of the proposals before it on constitutional amendments. We have no agenda; the Senate leadership does not have any agenda,” he said.

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