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Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by nduchucks: 9:55am On Apr 12, 2013
Reps Reject 6-yr Tenure For President, Govs; Dump State Creation

…Reps approve autonomy for LG, state assemblies … cool



ABUJA—Indication emerged Thursday that the House of Representatives has dumped the clamour for the creation of new states in the country.

The House has also distanced itself from the request for a six-year single tenure for the President and governors, sticking to the provision of the 1999 Constitution of two terms of four years each.

These formed the highlights of the report of the Constitution Review Committee, headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives counterpart, Emeka Ihedioha, which is due for presentation next week.

Vanguard learnt from competent sources that the committee, however, recommended full autonomy for the 774 LGAs and the 36 Houses of Assembly in the country.

It was gathered that the committee decided to jettison the creation of new states following the pressure mounted by some Northern governors and political leaders that they did not want new states at the moment.

Pressure from Northern governors

One of the northern governors recently described the move by the National Assembly for new states as a waste of time and resources and asked the members to discontinue with the exercise.

The outspoken governor had also accused the lawmakers of trying to weaken the north with new states, a development that drew criticisms from the House, which described his utterances as unbecoming of his position.

It was learnt that although almost all the states endorsed state creation during the nationwide collation of opinions, the issue was later ‘shut down’ to calm frayed nerves. cool

A lawmaker, who is familiar with the development, said, “The issue of state creation generated a lot of controversy and we have decided to dump the matter in the interest of peace.

“We don’t want a situation where the good work done by the committee to be rubbished as a result of controversial items. We have therefore endorsed autonomy for the local governments and the various state houses of assembly, something we believe, will bring about stability and progress in the states.

It was not, however, clear if state governors, who were not comfortable with any form of autonomy for the local governments and their Houses of Assembly, would allow the matter to scale through when it is reverted for voting in their respected states.

For any of the items approved by the constitution review committee to become law, 24 out of the 36 Houses of Assemblies must concur.

Already, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, is opposed to local government autonomy, on the grounds that the third tier of government is part and parcel of the respective states, with whom they maintain joint accounts.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by nduchucks: 9:56am On Apr 12, 2013

It would be recalled that during the last attempt to grant autonomy to state assemblies, the NGF kicked against the idea and it was dropped, making it possible for governors to remote control their speakers and the members.

It is not clear how democratically-elected governors are opposed to autonomy for the third tier of government and their legislature when the reverse is the case at the Federal level.

The presentation of the collated report was suspended last January following a disagreement between the committee members and some leaders of the House over certain items on the agenda.

Reps to present report next week
The collated report of the peoples’ public sessions on the review of the 1999 Constitution conducted by the House in the 360 federal constituencies in the country is due for public presentation on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

A statement issued and signed by the Clerk of the adhoc committee, Chinedu Akubueze, said the presentation was earlier due to hold on Thursday, January 31, 2013, but was postponed to allow members more time to verify that the results reflected the voting in their various constituencies.

The statement read: “Collated results of the sessions which held on November 10, 2012, will be presented at the House of Representatives and presided over by speaker of the House, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

“The results will show the voting pattern on all the issues itemized in the template for voting by Nigerians during the sessions at the various federal constituencies.

“The public presentation is in keeping with the promise made by the Deputy Speaker/Chairman of the Committee, Emeka Ihedioha, that the House will make the process of the public sessions, and, indeed, the entire constitution amendment transparent, inclusive and accountable to the Nigerian people.”

The event, which will hold at Conference Room 231 of the House of Representatives New Building, is expected to be attended by the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, representing state governors; Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, representing speakers of State Houses of Assembly; and President, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.

Others include President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON; President, Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC; President, Trade Union Congress, TUC; President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU; President, Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT; President, National Council of Women Societies, NCWS; and President, National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE; President, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ; President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by nduchucks: 1:45pm On Apr 12, 2013
So una no think say this topic dey important? if na news about Fulani invasion, de page for don nearly reach 5.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Bigflamie(m): 1:56pm On Apr 12, 2013
angry undecided undecided

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by saintneo(m): 1:59pm On Apr 12, 2013
Why reject state creation, LG & State Assembly autonomy?
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by slyfoxxjoe(m): 2:01pm On Apr 12, 2013
Good move by the house. Nigeria is working gradually. Those two proposals were a complete waste of time. New states for what? Have we fully developed the ones we have?

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by obicentlis: 2:04pm On Apr 12, 2013
Another setback because of the Northern Interest. Southerners grow some balls please!

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by rozayx5(m): 2:06pm On Apr 12, 2013
With all the problems we face as a country, its only tenure elongation our reps can be debating about


its very clear now that we also have a clueless Government, smh for Nigeria
undecided undecided

with a single 6 year tenure the priority of any voted person will be the treasury undecided

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by psamcin: 2:06pm On Apr 12, 2013
mtchewww. Bunch of thieves
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by kaorama(m): 2:07pm On Apr 12, 2013
Am not surprised. Tambuwa is one 'progressive' voice that the north is using to kill anything that will favour the south, especoally the southeast. But he will shout to top of his voice if it were to be how the allocation sharing fomular could be changed to favour the north. I pity Ihedioha, he will be used and dumped.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by blackmann(m): 2:09pm On Apr 12, 2013
ndu_chucks: So una no think say this topic dey important? if na news about Fulani invasion, de page for don nearly reach 5.

Or if Tonto Dike tatoos her rear end.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Nobody: 2:10pm On Apr 12, 2013
Ok
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by thelastPope(m): 2:10pm On Apr 12, 2013
obicentlis: Another setback because of the Northern Interest. Southerners grow some balls please!

This is something that really pisses me off. How long will some of these southerners continue to lick the azz of their northern masters. It is a disgrace. I do not really agree with state creation, but just the fact that the north is using it as a political tool really annoys me. This is injustice and it must stop.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Symphony007: 2:11pm On Apr 12, 2013
What i really think the national assembly should focus on is granting full independence to local governments from state governours. State governours who involve themselves in local governments should be up for impeachment. The kind of humiliation local government chairmen recieve from governours, is something the governours will never tolerate from the president...once the rivers state governour suspended the mayor of port harcourt and a few others because they came late for a meeting with him, it's stupid and a constitutional mockery that a publically elected official embarrase another publically elected official in such a way.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Nobody: 2:16pm On Apr 12, 2013
I know that all those Northerners in the house will fight the creation of atleast one more state in d east to balance the regions. Abeg mek we go our ways while time still dey.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Greatken007(m): 2:17pm On Apr 12, 2013
I AM WATCHING...GEJ IS STILL MY BEST FOR NW.OTHERS ARE JUST FIGHTING FOR THEIR OWN INTEREST

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by nduchucks: 2:19pm On Apr 12, 2013
Symphony007: What i really think the national assembly should focus on is granting full independence to local governments from state governours. State governours who involve themselves in local governments should be up for impeachment. The kind of humiliation local government chairmen recieve from governours, is something the governours will never tolerate from the president...once the rivers state governour suspended the mayor of port harcourt and a few others because they came late for a meeting with him, it's stupid and a constitutional mockery that a publically elected official embarrase publically elected official in such a way.

If you read the article carefully, you would have noted that the Reps recommended autonomy for local and state governments and these Reps should be commended for that. The question is would state governors, who were not comfortable with any form of autonomy for the local governments and their Houses of Assembly, allow the matter to scale through when it is reverted for voting in their respected states. I suspect they will rig the votes as usual so that they can keep their powers. Lets hope two-thirds of the states will vote in support of this particular amendment.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Ozonna(m): 2:26pm On Apr 12, 2013
HOR members representing SE region should be skinned alive. The creation of a new state especially in the SE region is just to balance this equation of every other region having 6 or 7 states and SE having 5 states.

Truth must be told, creation of another is a bad idea from economic point of view. However, to still corect this anomaly of unequal state among the regions, lets go back to Regional Governments instead of what we have now. Let each region elect a minimum of 10 -15 people that will make up the NASS and make laws on a part time basis (there pay should be per sitting). This will reduce the cost of governance drastically.

Finally this report still goes to show that the Northerners holds the ace

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by SLIDEwaxie(m): 2:30pm On Apr 12, 2013
obicentlis: Another setback because of the Northern Interest. Southerners grow some balls please!
jes like i guessed.
The word, 'northern' in the raticle is completely useless. It only points a finger to a direction, and will only promote tribalism and bigotted comments as urs!
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by slimfit1(m): 2:32pm On Apr 12, 2013
kaorama: Am not surprised. Tambuwa is one 'progressive' voice that the north is using to kill anything that will favour the south, especoally the southeast. But he will shout to top of his voice if it were to be how the allocation sharing fomular could be changed to favour the north. I pity Ihedioha, he will be used and dumped.

That is the only good thing that man has ever done since becoming a speaker.
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by slimfit1(m): 2:33pm On Apr 12, 2013
We don't need more state we should merge the once we have

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Angyee(f): 2:33pm On Apr 12, 2013
The only thing so I find interesting in this is the mention of endorsing autonomy for the states. Now that would be a welcome development, imho.

What is the point in creating more states when we have not administered effectively the ones already in existence?

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by sheriffman(m): 2:36pm On Apr 12, 2013
New states will never be created cos of the Following reasons
1. The South East caucus in the Assembly are not united.
2. Most states want another out of it.
3. The Northerners knowing what it will mean will not allow it.
4. The South East need to do something beyond waiting for the National Assembly.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by blackbeau1(f): 2:37pm On Apr 12, 2013
Its not about creating new states.its about showing us what the ruling class has been able to acheive in the existing states.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by ayobase: 2:41pm On Apr 12, 2013
RUBBISH!
Why can't they pass the 6yrs single tenure instead of the divided by 2 8yrs single tenure!

Let a President come and prove his/her worth for a 6yrs....SIMPLE!

Not by washing plates for 4yrs and using the next 4yrs to eat from it......another will come and wash for 4years.......and the procudure continues!

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Angyee(f): 2:41pm On Apr 12, 2013
blackmann:

Or if Tonto Dike tatoos her rear end.

Blackmann, Are you a soothsayer? Guess what the top article on the fp is right now? You guessed it - Nollywood actresses and their tattoos and it already has more comments than this topic. I am sad for Nigerians.
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by 32D: 2:51pm On Apr 12, 2013
When it gets to job application and appointments in federal agencies the dumb north will cry federal character to favour their stewpid and non-intelligent kinsmen n children. To create equality in number of states now they are using dia numbers n Tambuwal to kill it. Some idiots will now come out n start shouting yoruba is d problem of d south east. Your problems are ur leaders I.e. Ihedioha n all lawmakers frm ur region that wnt fight for ur interest. D next time I hear u people blame south west for ur woes n deprivation , na amadioha and sango go collectively wipe out una race.

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by LEvuls(m): 2:53pm On Apr 12, 2013
ndu_chucks:
Abeg teach how to copy n paste i get CBN exams...and good n neat work lyk urs go sell for me.
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Lilimax(f): 2:53pm On Apr 12, 2013
Angyee:

Blackmann, Are you a soothsayer? Guess what the top article on the fp is right now? You guessed it - Nollywood actresses and their tattoos and it already has more comments than this topic. I am sad for Nigerians.
It show where there interest lies. Celebrating the so called celebs that have nothing to offer them. Regarding politics in Nigeria, our so called leaders has failed us and I guess that's why a lot of people are no longer interested in any news concerning them.
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by LEvuls(m): 2:56pm On Apr 12, 2013
sheriffman: New states will never be created cos of the Following reasons
1. The South East caucus in the Assembly are not united.
2. Most states want another out of it.
3. The Northerners knowing what it will mean will not allow it.
4. The South East need to do something beyond waiting for the National Assembly.
Do u work there?
Tribalistic mogue...we ask u the reasons..ewu gambia dika gi

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Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by abnakol: 2:57pm On Apr 12, 2013
Of what good will creation of more state do to Nigerians? And why should we grant autonomy to the LGAs state houses? We will end up increasing corruption and embezzlement of public fund. Let me stop wasting my time cos state governors won't allow it. Mtchwwwwwwww
Re: Reps Reject 6yr Tenure And Dump State Creation by Billyonaire: 3:03pm On Apr 12, 2013
LGA autonomy is great, so is Independence of State Houses of Assembly if it scales through.
6 Yrs Single Term is better than 4Yrs 2 terms.

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