Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Stakeholders in Bayelsa State Demands For The creation 0f Oloibiri State

Stakeholders in Bayelsa State are demanded for the creation of Oloibiri State and constitutional recognition of Niger Delta region in a forum organised by senators and the state government to deliberate on the amendment of the 1999 constitution.

Our correspondent in Bayelsa state gathered that the motive behind the town hall meeting was to harmonise positions of the state on issues selected for amendment in the constitution.

The meeting was facilitated by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri representing Bayelsa West, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (Central) and Senator Clever Ikisikpo (East).

But most stakeholders who attended the meeting at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, submitted proposals agitating for the creation of Oloibiri State.

According to the stakeholders who argued for state creation, the new state should be carved out from Edo, Bayelsa and Delta States.

But the Niger Delta Development Monitoring Group argued that state creation should be backed up with measures to reduce the cost of governance.

The National President of the Group, Chief Nengi James, said the lawmakers should consider either retaining a bicameral legislature with lawmakers sitting on part time basis or a full time unicameral legislature.

James also made case for resource control, true federalism and independent candidacy.

He said the amendment should create a provision for a referendum in the constitution to enable Nigerians decide on issues affecting their existence.

Our correspondent gathered that the senators would consider all the submitted memoranda and present the common positions of the people to the government on Wednesday.

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