Constitution Amendment: We Can Still Create States, Mark Says




David Mark

President of the Senate, David Mark has assured agitators for the creation of States not to be disillusioned by the turn of events “because there is still a window to address the issue”

Mark told his Constituents under the aegis of Idoma National Forum (INF) unarguably unhappy that the Constitution review committee in the National Assembly seems to have ignored the requests that the chapter is not closed.

He said the draw back in the recommendation was that Chapter 8 of the 1999 Constitution made it cumbersome to actualize creation of State, assuring however that the system is being streamlined to enable agitators meets their targets.

According to Mark, “I have never minced words about my position for the creation of additional States. It is not that we cannot live together with our brothers and sisters but I am a firm believer that State creation will bring more development and progress nearer to the people.

“You should continue with the agitation for state creation and work towards meeting the requirements. I am sure that when the conditions are met, States would be created.

“Milk may have been spilled but not fallen over. There is still a window and the National Assembly will hearken to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry”

He told his people to continue to maintain peace and unity which he believes engenders progress of a people, adding “your strength is in your unity”.

He promise to continue to be good ambassador of Idoma nation, and Nigeria at all times, saying that his actions and deeds would be guided by the Fear of God, Fairness, objectivity and the rule of Law.

Earlier, the President of the Idoma National Forum, Dr. Okopi Alex Momoh urged the National Assembly to review requests for the creation of States, pointing out that with over 61 requests to that effect, something must be wrong with the management of States  in the Country.

To this end, Dr. Momoh enjoined the National Assembly to investigate and verify the claims for State Creation in order to address the issue and feelings of  most Nigerians.

He Praised the President of the Senate for providing quality leadership in the Senate and being a worthy representative of the Idoma nation.

Momoh, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, pledged that the Forum would partner with the Senate President in the onerous task of developing the Idoma nation for the good of all.

 

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