South West Demands Three New States, Presents Bill to National Assembly

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By Innocent Orok

A proposal for the establishment of three new States in the South-West has been scheduled for introduction in the House of Representatives. The bill is
sponsored by the lawmaker representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency, Osun State, Oluwole Oke.

The suggested legislation is aimed to establish three more separate states namely, Oke-Ogun, Ijebu, and Ife-Ijesa.

The proposed bil is titled
“A Bill for an Act to modify the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as revised)”.

The proposed idea is to make changes to the First Schedule, Part I of the Constitution. The suggested amendment involves adding new states and decreasing the number of local government areas.

According to the proposed bill, the region of Oke-Ogun State, with Iseyin as its capital city, would consist of a total 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, When formed, it will consist of 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.

While Ife Ijesa State is to be made of 11 LGAs made up of Atakunmosa East, Atakunmosa West, Boluwaduro, Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Oboku and Oriade.

On February 6, 2024, in a letter directed to the Clerk of the House, Oke expressed:
“I wish to forward the abovementioned bill to your office for further necessary legislative action to enable me to move same in our great Green Chamber, sir.”

The South-West region in Nigeria comprises of six States, namely Ondo, Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, and Ekiti States.

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