Confab: North rejects recommended eight states
The Northern States Forum (NSF) of the National Association of State Movements (NASM) on Friday rejected the eight states recommended for the region in the report of the just concluded National Conference.
The Conference had recommended a total of 10 states for South and eight for the North in its report.
The NSF of NASM in a statement in Abuja and signed by its Chairman, Senator Ahmad Zakari and Secretary, Dr. Yakubu Ugwolawo, said the Forum was still at a loss over the yardstick used by the confab delegates to recommend the creation of the 18 additional states.
The group called for the creation of Hadeija State from the existing North Western Zone and Okura State from the North-Central zone.
Senator Ahmad told reporters at a news conference in Abuja that the absence of a clear guideline used to determine the 18 states recommended has impugned the credibility of the exercise.
Ahmad argued that the history of Nigeria did not begin with six geo-political zones now being made sacrosanct for all-purpose treatment of Nigerian socio-political and economic problems.
He noted that it can never be an equitable exercise to treat the North-West zone with a population of 35,786,944 and 216,065 square kilometres on the same pedestal with the South-East zone with a population of 16,381,729 and a land mass of 29,526 square kilometres.
While describing the logic as absurd and confusing, Ahmad noted that if statistics are to be used to confer advantage on a zone, the same use of statistics should be used for all zones.
He insisted that the recommendation of the Conference in terms of state creation was skewed against the North-West and North-Central zones of the country.
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