The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Committee on Structure Evaluate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has referred to as on Nigerians agitating for state creation to succeed in out to elected representatives and teams from different geopolitical zones within the nation.
In an announcement on Wednesday by his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yomi Odunuga, the lawmaker urged his kinsmen to get the buy-in of different legislators and teams, particularly as they’re key in figuring out if such calls for will see the sunshine of the day within the ongoing structure modification train.
Senator Omo-Agege mentioned this on Wednesday in Abuja when he performed host to the apex socio-cultural umbrella physique of Urhobo folks, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU).
The Delta Central lawmaker mentioned: “Let me additionally make this clear that the constitutional evaluation train shouldn’t be a tea social gathering by any means. It’s a very tedious train. For those who verify Part 9 of the Structure, it lays out a really tough process that it’s essential to undergo earlier than you possibly can obtain success in regards to the modification.
“I don’t know what’s in your submission however what I hear from the grapevine is that there’s a probability that UPU is asking for a state. If that’s proper, I’m certain you additionally know the provisions of Part 8 of the Structure. That’s much more tedious than each different process as a result of in contrast to different sections of the Structure that recognises a structure modification invoice to cross with a two-thirds majority of each chambers right here and a two-third majority of the state meeting, for state creation, which is beneath Part 8, it requires four-fifths of majority. Much more majority than the common two-third.
“However that’s not to say it’s inconceivable. If the demand is real and legit, there isn’t a cause why it shouldn’t succeed. However you need to do the needful. You must attain out to others. You must foyer as to why this ought to be the case.
“Because the Chairman of this committee, I’m not presupposed to take a place. You must attain out to folks, totally different geopolitical zones and make your case. In the event that they see the advantage in your argument, then they may, appearing by their members within the Home of Representatives and Senate, go together with you and vote in help. You must exit and foyer. You don’t keep at residence they usually reward you with a free state. It is just within the navy that states are created by Fiat. However beneath democratic arrange within the 1999 Structure (as amended), the procedures are effectively laid out beneath Part 9 of the Structure.
“So I wish to imagine that earlier than making this submission, I assume you might have your Authorized Adviser within the UPU who might have taken you thru among the processes that you need to undergo. However as for us within the Nationwide Meeting, you possibly can all the time depend on our help since you despatched us right here”.
He assured the UPU representatives that federal lawmakers from the realm would help anti-Urhobo legislations within the Nationwide Meeting.
He mentioned: “Because the consultant of the folks, we recognise and acknowledge that sovereign energy resides with the folks at residence. They had been those who despatched us right here. With out them, there will likely be no Deputy President of the Senate. There will likely be no member representing Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency, nor will there be a member representing Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency. So, energy resides with our folks.
“The consequence of that’s that we’ll do what our folks need. We are going to do what is predicted of us. We will likely be guided by the content material of your submission”.
Members of the Home of Representatives from Delta Central together with Hon. Francis Ejiroghene Waive (Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency) and Hon. Efe Afe (Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie Federal Constituency) joined Senator Omo-Agege in receiving the visitors.
Earlier, chief of the group and Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, HRM Dr. Mathew Ediri Egbi (JP), Owahwa II mentioned they determined to pay a courtesy name on the Deputy President of the Senate after submitting their memorandum to the Secretariat of the Structure Evaluate Committee.
He urged the lawmaker to all the time shield the pursuits of the Urhobos utilizing his place because the nation’s quantity six citizen.