Abuja - The Speaker of Osun parliament, Najeem
Salaam, said on Friday that true federal structure must be addressed to
make state creation meaningful.
Salaam expressed this view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the parliamentarian, ‘’if the issue of true federalism
is not addressed before more states are created, the exercise may not
achieve the desired result, which is development.
“It is desirable for all parts of the country to agitate for more
states, but it is unfortunate that even the present states of the
federation only wait for handouts from the Federal Government.”
Salaam expressed confidence that state houses of assembly nationwide
were capable of working round the clock in the interest of more states.
He noted that for any request in respect of state-creation to get
speedy consideration, ‘’the autonomy of state legislatures must form
part of the next proposed amendments’’.
NAN recalls that Senate President, David Mark, said that the National
Assembly would create additional states, as the move was desirable to
help address marginalisation.
Mark added that the measure would bring government closer to the
people, contrary to the view in certain quarters that there was no need