Constitution Review : FCT Indigenes Demand for State, more Senatorial, Fed Constituencies

18 September 2020 by James Itodo…..

The Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory, joined the league of other Nigerians , seeking for alteration of provisions of the 1999 Constitution for specific demands .

The indigenes who came under the aegis of Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja ( OIDA), submitted a memorandum seeking for far reaching alteration of provisions of the Constitution for actualisation of their demands .

First in the series of demands by Abuja Natives , tabled before the Senate Constitution review committee as sighted in the 45 page memorandum submitted to that effect by OIDA President , Pastor Danladi Jeji , is for recognition of FCT as a State on its own .

According to them, making FCT a State , would pave way for it to have an elected Governor and a legislative Assembly, the
Federal Capital Territory, they added should be constitutionally made to be a State under the administration of an elected Governor while Federal Capital City ( FCC) , should also be recognised with Mayoralty status .
Six federal Constituencies as against the present two, are also demanded for along with three as Districts as against the existing one .

Also requested for in the memorandum , are additional 11 local government councils to be added to the existing six Area Councils .

The eleven Local Government Councils being demanded for , are ÷ Rubochi with Rubochi as Headquarters , Yaba with Yaba as Headquartershh , Wako with Dangara as Headquarters and Galuwyi with Galuwyi as Headquarters

Others are ÷ Kubwa with Kubwa as Headquarters , Karshi with Karshi as Headquarters , Karu with Karu as Headquarters , Sapeyi with New Garki as Headquarters , Jiwa with Jiwa as Headquarters , Bobo with Yebu as Headquarters and Zuba with Zuba as Headquarters .
The already existing six Area Councils are – Abuja Municipal , Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje , Kwali and Abaji .

Abuja indigenes in the memorandum , also requested for constitutional provision of Ministerial Slot for indigenes of the territory as applicable for indigenes of the other 36 states of the federation ….

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