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BREAKING: A fresh bill has been introduced seeking the creation of three more states

A bill advocating for the establishment of three additional states in the South-West region has been presented in the House of Representatives. According to Punch, sponsored by Oluwole Oke, the legislator representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency in Osun State, the proposed law aims to create Oke-Ogun, Ijebu, and Ife-Ijesa states.

Titled “A Bill for an Act to amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended),” the legislation seeks an amendment to the First Schedule, Part I of the Constitution, introducing new states and adjusting the number of local government areas.

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According to the bill, Oke-Ogun State, with Iseyin as the proposed capital city, would consist of 12 local government areas, including Olorunsogo, Irepo, Oorerelope, Ogbomosho North, Ogbomosho South, Saki-East, Saki-West, Atisbo, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola, and Iseyin.

Ijebu State, if created, would comprise Ijebu East, Ijebu North-East, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Odogbolu, Ogun Waterside, Remo North, and Sagamu LGAs. The proposed capital city for Ijebu State is Ijebu Ode.

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Ife-Ijesa State would be formed from 11 LGAs, including Atakunmosa East, Atakunmosa West, Boluwaduro, Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Oboku, and Oriade. The letter dated February 6, 2024, from Oluwole Oke to the Clerk of the House indicated his intention to move the bill in the House of Representatives.

Should the bill progress through legislative channels, the South-West region would exceed the North-West in the number of states. The bill would need two-thirds majority support in both chambers of the National Assembly and approval from at least two-thirds of state Houses of Assembly, as outlined in Section 9(1) of the Constitution.

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The current constitutional review process in the National Assembly, initiated in November 2023, includes discussions on constitutional amendments, with the Constitutional Review Committee set for inauguration on February 26, 2023.

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