House of Representatives Proposes Establishment of New State in South-East

Orlu State: A New Dawn in the South-Eastern Region

The House of Representatives recently took a historic step towards addressing the long-standing need for equitable representation in Nigeria’s South-East. On Thursday, they passed a bill proposing the establishment of Orlu State, a significant development aimed at fostering development and inclusivity in the region.

Spearheaded by Representative Ikeagwuonu Ugochinyere from Ideato North South, Imo State, along with other dedicated lawmakers, the bill seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to accommodate the creation of Orlu State. This move would increase the number of states in Nigeria from 36 to 37.

Orlu State, with its capital in the city of Orlu, is slated to be formed from portions of Imo, Abia, and Anambra states. The proposed bill outlines plans for the inclusion of 28 local government areas within Orlu State, encompassing a diverse range of communities and cultures.

Ugochinyere emphasized the importance of bipartisan support for the legislation during its second reading, highlighting the potential benefits of establishing Orlu State, including the possibility of creating Ideato as a senatorial district.

This initiative comes at a crucial time for the South-East, which currently lags behind other geopolitical zones in terms of state representation. Unlike regions with a minimum of six states, the South-East only has five, underscoring the pressing need for greater political and economic empowerment.

The creation of Orlu State represents a significant milestone in the quest for equitable development and representation in Nigeria. By addressing longstanding grievances and fostering inclusivity, this bold move paves the way for a brighter future for the people of the South-East.

As the bill progresses through the legislative process, it is essential for stakeholders to lend their support, ensuring that the aspirations of the region are realized. With unity and determination, Orlu State can emerge as a beacon of progress and prosperity in the heart of the South-Eastern region.

Together, let us embrace this historic opportunity to build a stronger, more inclusive Nigeria for generations to come.

Fox Nigeria.

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