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Constitution Review: Zamfara state govt. condemns agitation for additional states

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The government of Zamfara state has condemned the calls by some Nigerians for creation of additional states in the country.

This is contained in a statement by Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, the state’s Commissioner of Information, issued to newsmen on Friday.

He said the state government’s position was one out of the 12 resolutions contained in the Zamfara State Paper on the review of the 1999 Constitution, presented at the recently concluded North West Zonal Public Hearing (Sokoto Centre) organized by the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution held at Sokoto on Wednesday 26th May, 2021.

He said the state’s delegation was of the opinion that “with the current economic down turn, it is unwise to call for the creation of additional states in the federation.

The delegation, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Bala Bello Maru, opined that ”The current and forecasted economic outlook of the country makes it unsustainable to create framework in the constitution that would make creation of new states amenable to frequent application the paper emphasized”.

According to Dosara, the paper which was presented at the occasion by the Zamfara State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Nura Ibrahim Zarumi, presented its stands on 12 resolutions some of which include gender equality, federal structure and devolution of powers, local government administration and autonomy, establishment of states’ police, revenue allocation and derivation policy.

Others, according to Dosara, include independent candidacy, land tenure system, power sharing and rotation, resource control, states and local government creation, role of traditional institution in the constitution and mayoral status of the Federal capital territory (FCT) among others.

The delegation, according to the Commissioner, alongside the State Assembly led by Speaker, House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, jointly condemned the relegation of the traditional rulers in the constitution inspite of the positive role they play in the maintenance of security, peace and order in the country.

“The Committees again called for the devolution of powers and resources to the states where most government functions can be more efficiently under taken. It is therefore the view of the Zamfara state that the present revenue sharing formula should be reviewed in favour of states and local governments as follows: federal govt (43%), States (35%) local government (22%).

“On the areas of resource control, Zamfara delegation committees are also of the view to maintain the current national resource control policy. The control of all national resources including but not limited to mineral resources should remain with the government of the federation and the current arrangement of the creation of the Ministry of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Development Commission and Amnesty to be maintained.

“The delegation of the two committees again advocated for the current arrangement on power sharing in the country adding that the practice of zoning elective offices by parties be upheld in order to foster national unity and create a feeling of sense of belonging among the diverse ethnic groups in the country,” part of the statement reads.

Dosara stated that other members of the delegation include the Head of Service, Alh. Kabiru Balarabe (Sardaunan Dan Isa) and the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Nura Ibrahim Zarumi.

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