The committee on political restructuring and forms of government yesterday said it has received proposals for the creation of 31 new states across the country.
Of the 31 state creation proposals received, 11 are from the North, while the rest are from the South.
There was also a proposal seeking to change the name of Adamawa state to Gongola state, according to a report signed by the committee’s rapporteur Mrs R.I. Chris Garuba.
The South East zone submitted proposals for the creation of seven additional states in that zone. They are Aba state (Abia), Orimili (Anambra), Adada (Enugu), Etiti (South East geo-political zone), Anim (Anambra and Imo), Njaba (Anambra and Imo) and Uguwaku (Imo, Abia, Anambra and Enugu). The South West zone is requesting for six additional states as follows: Oduduwa (Osun), Ijebu (Ogun), Lagoon (Lagos), Oke-Ogun (Oyo), New Oyo (Oyo) and Ose (Ondo).
The South-South zone also submitted proposals for the creation of five more states thus: New Delta (Delta), Anioma (Delta), Ogoja (Cross River), Sombreiro (Rivers) and Old Calabar (Akwa Ibom and Cross River).
The North Central zone submitted five proposals requesting the creation of Okun (Kogi), Edu (Niger and Kwara), South Plateau (Plateau), Okura (Kogi) and Apa (Benue). The North East submitted four proposals requesting creation of Yemen (Gombe), Amana (former Sardauna Province), Savannah (Borno) and Savannah states (Borno and Adamawa).
The North West submitted only two proposals requesting the creation of Ghari (Kano) and Hadejia states (Jigawa).
There are two other proposals requesting state creation that cut across single geo-political zone. They are Confluence state (Kogi, Edo and Nasarawa) and Toru-Ebe (Delta, Edo and Ondo).
If these proposals are accepted and the states created, it will bring the total number of states across the country to 67.
Source: Daily Trust