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House of Reps Bill To Create New State Passes First Reading

This Thursday, a bill to add a new state to Nigeria’s thirty-six was passed for its first reading by lawmakers during the plenary.

The bill for the creation of the ‘Orlu’ state was sponsored by the members representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency, Imo State, Ikenga Ugochinyere, and others. It is now set for a second reading.

If approved, the new Orlu state will be carved out from Imo, Abia, and Anambra states, with Orlu as the capital city. By doing so, the bill would also amend the 1999 Constitution to include the proposed state and its 28 local government areas.

Citing the creation of a new senatorial district—bringing the South-East, which has the lowest number of states, to six states—Ikenga Ugochinyere appealed to his colleagues to support the bill, ensuring its passage to the second reading. This would address the disparity in state and local government creation among the geopolitical zones.

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However, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) dismissed the bill. The spokesperson for the group, Emma Powerful, stated that Igbo people needed a referendum to leave Nigeria rather than the creation of a new state.

He argued that the creation of the new state would culminate in hatred and disunity among the Igbo people. He further explained that the government has failed to manage the existing states and therefore would be unable to properly manage the new state as well. He then emphasized that the Igbo people do not want more states but total freedom from the country.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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