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Nigerian news:State creation and resource control tears legislators apart

Members of the State Creation Forum, formed by lawmakers from the two chambers of the National Assembly, which was launched in July, shortly before the chambers went on recess, were said to be threatening to truncate the constitutional amendment process if  two issues of state control and resource control were removed from the planned amendment.
It was gathered that as a way of staving off opposition to the constitutional amendment exercise from some quarters, especially forces described as fifth columnists by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly was said to be considering the option of leaving out the two items.

A source said that the leadership of the National Assembly was of the view that efforts should be made to address the fears of certain powerful forces, bent on truncating the exercise.

As a way of saving the constitutional review project, a source said that it had been agreed that the sensitive items be set aside for now.

“It was resolved that we move from the less critical items in a progressive form, so that we make the amendments one after the other. There is also another thinking that we should just restrict ourselves to those bills sent in by the President, but others are saying that since the entire process will pass through the same constitutional amendment procedure, we can take a lot more issues

Source: Tribune