It is possible to create states; agitators must lobby, says Omo-Agege

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“Irrespective of my personal views, the views of members of this committee, you will need to do a lot of lobbying. No matter what we think as members of this committee about the appropriateness and justness of your cause, I want to plead with you to reah out to our colleagues from all of the geopolitical zones because not one state or geopolitical zone can give you a state.

“But it is about lobbying. If you do this, there is no reason why you should not be able to pull this through.

“We are working on a data bank. And it has a lot of materials. It includes the confab report of 2014 and the report of the El Rufai’s Committee of 2018. In addition to that, we also have other materials that have come to us by way of bills.”

He pointed out that the National Assembly is just one out of the many stakeholders involved in the alteration of the national document.

“This is an exercise we take very seriously. This is a serious request. We are going to look into it and give you all of the assistance we can muster.

“It is not just about the National Assembly. Our job is to lay the foundation before it goes to the other stakeholders,” he stated.

Members of the Steering Committee who joined Senator Omo-Agege in receiving the guests included the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Minority Whip, Senator Phillip Aduda.

Earlier, leader of the delegation and former SGF, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, said the call for the creation of Katagum State dates back to 1980s, adding that the Second Senate in 1981 and the 2014 National Conference had already approved the creation of the state.

While affirming his confidence in the Ninth National Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed declared that the proposed state was economically viable in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals, livestock and water resources.

According to him, when created, it would bring development closer to the people.

He said: “We are hereby presenting for your kind consideration, the request for the creation of Katagum State out of the current Bauchi State.

“We are doing so minding the fact that the National Assembly is the only body recognised constitutionally to initiate and create states. Anything outside that will not yield any positive result.

“Therefore we are reaffirming our confidence in the National Assembly to do the right thing at the right time.”

Other members of the delegation include Ambassador Jibrin Chinade, Ambassador Adamu Aliyu, Captain Bala Jibrin, Alhaji Buba Gamawa, Alhaji Nadada Umar, Dr. Waziri Mohammed, Rt. Hon. Umar Sarki, member representing Katagum Federal Constituency, among others.

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