*Enugu* By Johnpaul Anih, 1-10-2020
A new socio- political Igbo group, Ndigbo Good Governance Initiative NGGI, has called on the Federal Government to use all its Executive, legislative and social goodwill to ensure that a sixth State is created in the Southeast Geo- Political Zone of the country.
The group made this known over the weekend after submitting a proposal and memorandum to the Sen. Omo- Agege- led Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the amendment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria( as amended) in furtherance of its pursuit,said the action was necessary to augment the shortfall in the number of States in the Zone in comparison with the number of States in other Zones of the Federation.
Speaking after the presentation of the proposal document at the National Assembly, Nonso David Ezedinma, National President of the group, told reporters that the Southeast Zone was overdo for an additional State. He said it was public knowledge that the 7th National Assembly had even before the National Conference,which later followed,agreed that the Southeast Geopolitical Zone needed to brought to par with other Zones in the country by the creation of an additional State in the Zone before the Government of the day would entertain agitation for State- creation from other Zones of the Federation.
Hon. Ezedinma lamented the continuous disadvantage in which the absence of a 6th State in the Southeast Zone has perpetually brought on the people of the Zone,while adding that it was time the many injustices against the Zone was seriously addressed. He pointed out that the Zone has continued to suffer disadvantages over the number of its representations in several offices in the country, including representation at the National Assembly and the advantages that accrue from such representation.
Earlier,while receiving the group on behalf of Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Amendment of the Constition, the Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy President of the Senate on Youth and Sports,Azania Omo- Agege, described Ndigbo as one of the most progressive and hard working ethnic nationalities in the nation.
He said he was , particularly,happy that young men and women were making appreciable impact in the affairs of the nation. He promised to deliver the goodwill message of the group to the Deputy President of the Senate,who he, equally, described as friendly,accessible as well as open- minded and is always prepared to support all worthy causes that are aimed at promoting the cause of a new Nigeria.
While thanking him for the kind reception the group received ,Hon. Ezedinma,who is also a former Special Adviser to the immediate past Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Umaru Tanko al- Makura,used the occasion to laud the leadership qualities of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege,who he described as a square peg in a square hole when it comes to the leadership of the National Assembly.
Ezedinma added that Omo- Agege has been an astute and brilliant lawyer,who has found the National Assembly an ideal turf to showcase that brilliance by enjoying the reputation of the Senator who had the highest number of Bills to his name in the 8th Senate.
He also used the occasion to call for support from the Deputy President of the Senate for the ongoing agitation for a President of Igbo extraction in Nigeria,adding that, Ndigbo, who have supported the cause of a united Nigeria in all its ramifications, and have,truly,invested their talent and treasure in the over-all development of the Nigerian nation deserve the opportunity for one of their own,who is known to be progressive-minded among the many who are qualified for the position in the country, to lead Nigeria as President from the election year, 2023.
He said a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction will ,surely,do the nation proud; while informing that,as a people who are reputed to be hard working and, obviously, enterprising in whatever they do across the world, the Igboman required the support of other Nigerians to actualise his vision for a fully industrialised and prosperous Nigeria,where the high incidence of unemployment and other ills currently bedeviling the nation across all parts of the country will be decisively addressed and dealt with.