Senate will create more states in Nigeria – David Mark

This wi be the New Map of Nigeria ifnew states are created as proposed by the National Conference

The Senate President, David Mark, on Wednesday restated his commitment to ensure that the quest for creation of additional states in the country was brought to a logical conclusion.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja.

The senate president made the remarks while receiving four members of the House of Representatives and nine local government chairmen from Benue.

It stated that the president’s desire for creation of additional states was due to call by some Nigerians to correct some imbalances that existed in state creation, to give Nigerians a sense of belonging.

“Even if it takes my last breadth, I want to pursue the creation of state. I will put in my last breadth to ensure the creation of Apa State for my people,” Mr. Mark was quoted as saying.

Mr. Mark is among the lawmakers that have advocated the creation of more states, while several others have also opposed it saying the existing ones can barely be sustained. The recently concluded National Conference called for the creation of 18 more states to bring the total in Nigeria to 54.

Responding to calls on him to contest the 2015 senatorial seat, Mr. Mark said he would make his intention known as soon as the guidelines for the elections were released.

“I am a loyal, faithful and dedicated party man. I will only make my intention known when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) releases the guidelines and programme for the elections,” the statement noted.

He urged the people to remain steadfast and loyal to the PDP because there were good reasons to remain in the party.

He, however, cautioned aspirants to political offices to base their campaigns on issues that would positively impact on the citizenry, instead of engaging in mudslinging or character assassination.

The leader of the delegation, Sunday Ojo, said the visit was necessitated by pressure from citizens from Benue South Senatorial District to compel Mr. Mark to contest 2015 senatorial seat.

Mr. Ojo, who is the Chairman of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue, stressed that the Idoma community had no better candidate than Mr. Mark.

He noted the achievements the senate president’s representation had brought to the people of the zone.

Mr. Ojo noted that Mr. Mark’s achievements on roads, healthcare, scholarship and rehabilitation of schools, including National Open University Complex and JAMB Centre were welcome.

Also the Chairman, Ado Local Government Area, Alex Ogaba, commended the senate president for the stability he brought to Nigerian politics.

Mr. Ogaba, who is the Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Benue South, said all the tiers of government were working harmoniously for the good of the citizenry.

He assured that the people of the zone would do everything possible to re-elect the senate president.

Speaking on behalf of the members from the House of Representatives from Benue South, Hassan Saleh said the Idoma people were ready to return Mr. Mark unopposed in 2015.

(NAN)


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  • osogbo

    Pure Stupidity. Nigeria used about 95% of its resources to run the government. So much that capital projects are financed with debt in almost all the states. Where does the 95% go? Salary and benefits to politicians and civil servants in multi duplication of administrative positions, ghost workers and redundant workers. This is not serving the people but politicians. Look at the figures, don’t be sentimental. How much goes to legislatures at federal and states and local government combined as salaries and benefits, add that of the governors and commissioners plus ministers at federal level and chairmen at local government. Minister of finance, budget office, office of statistics should published the figures . Don’t forget amount that is stolen and wasted by the above. THIS IS THE MOST EXPENSIVELY RUN GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD . THEY TOOK EVERYTHING AND STILL WANT MORE BY WAY OF STATE CREATIONS. THE PEOPLE WILL THINK THIS IS FOR THEM BUT IT IS NOT.

  • T-Rex

    This Radio Biafra stuff is getting various across the entire South-South/South-East states. Something need to be done by the authorities to counter the propaganda being spread by the radio,otherwise we should brace up for more insurgencies.

    • Counter the propaganda by restructuring Nigeria politically. 16 years after return to democracy, Nigeria still operates with a skewed 36 states political structure that created inequality between sections of Nigeria. What of the last CONFAB reports?

      • T-Rex

        So the alternative to the present system is insurgency or secession as advocated by Radio Biafra?

  • Mohammed Haruna

    Nigeria is fully ready and equipped to deal with all forms of criminality in this our time of globalisation. Nnamdi kalu, u are very much welcome with ur divisive ideology. Long live nigeria and nigerians

    • Tobe Arimah

      Dont be so confident we have not dealt with boko haram

  • ogbuefiakajiaku

    Up APC,Up PDP,Up Biafra

  • Proud Yoruba

    It will whittle down eventually, because they are making a big mistake of just spreading hate and no resolutions. The ibos have to come to terms with the fact that they are not reasonable enough to work with anyone including themselves. Their values and culture is detrimental to their own progress. The are so quick to alienate outsiders and promote hate of outsiders, I just don’t know how you build states and a country based on hate. Nobody wants to go to their land, not to work, not to invest, not to do anything!

    The ibos must look inwards and determine how they can stop hating and being so full of themselves and so self-serving. They must change their attitudes of putting riches above a good name, and they need to show everyone that they can actually build and develop their region first. Otherwise, it just sounds like they are agitating for free money and trying to blackmail Nigeria to get it.