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Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday assured those agitating for the creation of additional states in the country that the National Assembly would assist them to realise their dreams.
But he said to get the support of the National Assembly, they must comply with all the requirements as stipulated in the constitution.
Ekweremadu said this when he received the Coordinator of Ijebu State Movement, Otunba Timothy Adebanjo, who led a delegation of prominent traditional rulers and elder statesmen from Ijebu land, to re-submit their amended request for the creation of Ijebu State.
Ijebuland is currently a major part of Ogun State.
The Deputy Senate President commended the delegation for taking positive step towards the realisation of their dream for the creation of Ijebu State and assured them that as Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, he would ensure a successful accomplishment of the task.
He said, “Creation of new states in a democracy though appears rather difficult, is not impossible. We will consider necessary constitutional means to ensure that Nigerians realise their dreams through a fair and democratic process.”
Adebanjo, after presenting the document to the senate leadership, said the agitation for the creation of Ijebu State had the blessing of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, other traditional rulers, chiefs and entire Ijebu people covering six local government areas of Ogun State.