Senator Nwoko proposes creation of Anioma State in South-East to address historical imbalance

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Senator Ned Nwoko, the lawmaker representing Delta North in the Nigerian Senate, has presented a bill for the creation of Anioma State.

In a statement posted on his X handle, Nwoko argues that the creation of Anioma State is both urgent and compelling, as it aims to address the longstanding imbalance in the geopolitical distribution of states in Nigeria.

Imbalance in State Distribution

Nwoko points out that the South-East geopolitical zone currently has five states, while its counterparts have more. The North-West, for instance, has seven states. This disparity results in an imbalance of representation and resources, with the South-East having only 15 senators compared to the 18 senators from other zones. Nwoko believes that this inequity affects legislative representation and the distribution of national resources, perpetuating a longstanding injustice.

Composition and Viability of Anioma State

Anioma, the proposed state, is composed of nine local government areas, six of which are rich in oil and gas resources. The region also boasts significant human capital, making it a viable and sustainable candidate for statehood. Nwoko emphasizes that creating Anioma State is not just about increasing the number of states; it is about ensuring fair representation and resource allocation for the South-East.

Widespread Support for Anioma State

The call for Anioma State has garnered widespread support from various stakeholders. The Anioma socio-cultural group, Izu Anioma, and the Pan Igbo cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, have been vocal in their advocacy for this cause. The political class in Anioma, including traditional rulers led by the late Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Chike Edozien, have also consistently supported the creation of Anioma State. They have held numerous meetings, including discussions with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to voice their consensus.

Achieving Justice and Equity

Nwoko believes that the creation of Anioma State is a crucial step towards achieving justice and equity for the South-East. With the majority of stakeholders in agreement, he calls for action to bring Anioma State into existence, correct past imbalances, and ensure fair representation in national affairs.

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