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Lagoon state movement urges FG to review 1999 constitution

21 October 2012, 10:18

Lagos - Mr Olusola Benson, the Chairman of the Movement for the Lagoon State, has urged the Federal Government to review the 1999 Constitution to ensure the creation of the proposed state.

Benson made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

He also said that the creation of the Lagoon State out of the Lagos would strengthen the structural imbalance in the country’s federal arrangement.

"The new state will aid the easy distribution and allocation of resources to both the urban and rural areas, which will help to foster economic growth.

"This will ensure a grassroots administration, and every Nigerian will enjoy the benefits of democracy,’’ Benson said.

He described Lagos as one of the states that needed to be carved into two because of its large population.

"Lagos is the only state out of the 12 states created in 1967 that is yet to be divided or have another state carved out of it.

"Lagos, with an estimated 21 million population is over populated and needs to be divided to reduce its size for effective distribution of social amenities,’’ Benson said.

The chairman said that Lagos State had all the requirements that could be considered by the National Assembly for the creation of a new state given its enormous natural resources.

"Lagos population is increasing by the day, and there is need to cater for all the categories of people.

"The Lagoon State, if created will conveniently generate above N6 billion monthly internally for its recurrent expenditure and capital development.

"Economically, the two emerging sister states of Lagos and Lagoon will remain the commercial nerve centres of Nigeria,’’ Benson said.



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