Nnamani makes case for Adada State
February 23, 2006

The Enugu State Government has recommended the creation of a state to be called Adada State from the present Enugu and made up of Igbo Etiti, Nsukka, Udenu, Uzo Uwani, Igbo-Eze North, Igbo-Eze South and Isi-Uzo Local Government areas.

Making a case for the creation of Adada State, the State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, maintained that with its more than 2.5 million people, it also met all the criteria for a new State including cultural affinity and economic viability, adding that the creation of the new State would also balance the spread of states in Igboland - three states in the southern Igboland (Abia, Imo and Ebonyi) and three in the northern Igboland (Anambra, Adada and Enugu).

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani disclosed this in a position paper presented on behalf of the Government and people of Enugu State at the public hearing of the National Assembly Joint Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution at the Women Development Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

In the paper presented on his behalf by his Deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, Governor Nnamani called for the amendment of a section of the Constitution to accommodate the new additional State to be created in the south-east geopolitical zone of the country.

The Governor also supported a three tenure of four years for the President, his Vice, the Governor and their Deputies in the proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the Governor, “Enugu State associates itself with the submission made by the Ebonvi State Government on the position of the Conference of Governors, Legislators and Ministers of southern states of Nigeria”. The Chairman of the sub-committee, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, in his opening speech made it clear that they had no hidden agenda, adding that they were discharging their duty as contained in the Constitution.

Senator Zwingina stated that the review of the 1999 Constitution started since 2001, pointing out that the purpose of the public hearing was to allow all Nigerians to air their views and contribute to the amendment processs.

The distinguished Senator described the assignment of the sub-committee as that of an umpire who will moderate the sitting, collect people’s views and opinions either for or against any section of the Constitution, collate them and forward them to the National Committee.

He therefore called on the people of the South Ease zone including individuals, organizations and group to feel free and come up with their submissions, adding that nobody will be obstructed or victimized over what he/she has to say.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Ebonyi State Governor, Dr. Sam Egwu, thanked members of the National Assembly and other Stakeholders in the Nigerian project for their commitments and foresight on the review of the 1999 Constitution.

Governor Egwu traced the review of the nation's Constitution since 1914 adding that the present Constitutional review should not be an exception since it is healthy to the polity and would help the National Assembly redress the shortcomings and limitations identified in the said Constitution.

The public hearing was attended by Governors Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State, Achike Udenwa of Imo State, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State and Chris Ngige of Anambra State. Others were senators, federal and state legislators, council chairmen and leaders of thought from the five states of the zone, including women and youth groups.


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