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FCT indigenes demand state, more senatorial constituencies

AS the alteration of provisions of the 1999 Constitution continues, the original inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory,  FCT, Abuja are seeking the creation of a State, thereby giving the territory the status of a state.

In a memorandum submitted to the Senate Committee on Constitution Review chaired by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central, the indigenes under the aegis of Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA) are seeking for the far-reaching alteration of provisions of the Constitution for the actualisation of their demands.

In the 45 page memorandum submitted by the Indigenes by OIDA President, Pastor Danladi Jeji , besides the recognition of FCT as a State on its own, they said that it will pave way for it to have an elected Governor and legislative Assembly for itself.

According to them, the Federal Capital Territory should be constitutionally made to be a State under the administration of an elected Governor while Federal Capital City ( FCC), should also be recognized with Mayoralty status.

In the Memorandum, the FCT is demanding that six federal Constituencies should be created as against the present two as well as three Senatorial Districts as against the existing one.

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

Also requested 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 are ÷ Rubochi with Rubochi as Headquarters, Yaba with Yaba as Headquarters, 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.

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