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Senator Ned Nwoko presents bill to create extra state ‘Anioma’ for southeast

Senator Ned Nwoko representing Delta North has presented a bill for the creation of an extra state ‘Anioma’ to balance the representation in the southeast.

According to Nwoko, the creation of the Anioma state is both “urgent” and “compelling” adding that his proposal would address the imbalance in the geopolitical distribution of the states in the country.

He made this known on his X page on Monday, 10th of June, 2024 stating that he presented the bill to correct historical oversight and the inequity which affects the legislative representation and distribution of national resources.

He wrote:

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“The Need for the Creation of Anioma State to Balance Representation in the South East.

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“The creation of Anioma state is both urgent and compelling. This proposal addresses the longstanding imbalance in the geopolitical distribution of states in Nigeria. The South East geopolitical zone currently has five states, unlike its counterparts, except for the North West, which has seven states. This disparity results in an imbalance of representation and resources, with the Southeast having only 15 lawmakers compared to the 18 lawmakers of other zones in the Senate. This inequity affects legislative representation and the distribution of national resources, perpetuating a longstanding injustice.

“I am presenting a bill for the creation of Anioma state to correct this historical oversight. Anioma is composed of nine local government areas, six of which are rich in oil and gas resources. The region also boasts significant human capital, making it a viable and sustainable candidate for statehood. Creating Anioma state is not just about increasing the number of states; it is about ensuring fair representation and resource allocation for the southeast.

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“The call for Anioma state has widespread support from various stakeholders. The Anioma socio-cultural group, Izu Anioma, and the Pan Igbo cultural organization, Ohanaeze Indi Igbo, have both been vocal in their advocacy for this cause. The political class in Anioma, including traditional rulers led by the late Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Chike Edozien, have also consistently supported the creation of the Anioma state. They have held numerous meetings, including discussions with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to voice their consensus.

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“The creation of Anioma state is a crucial step towards achieving justice and equity for the South East. With the majority of stakeholders in agreement, it is time to act and bring Anioma state into existence, correct the past imbalances and ensure fair representation in national affairs.” [CONTINUE READING HERE]>>>>

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