House of Reps Passes Bill To Create New State in Southeast, Details Emerge

  • The bill seeking an additional state in the southeast region has passed its first reading at the House of Representatives and currently awaiting a second reading
  • The state if created will be known as ‘Orlu State’, with its capital in Orlu, according to new reports
  • The bill was sponsored by the member representing Ideato North/ Ideato South Federal Constituency, Ikenga Ikeagwuonu Ugochinyere, and 15 others

TheTalk.NG journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

The House of Representatives has taken a step toward creating a new state in the country’s southeast geo-political zone.

During Thursday’s plenary, the lawmakers passed a bill for the first reading for the creation of Orlu State.

As reported by The Punch, the bill sponsored by the member representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency, Imo state, Ikenga Ugochinyere and others is now set for a second reading.

From the draft bill, the creation of Orlu state will alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended), increasing the number of states in the federation from 36 to 37, The Guardian reported.

Where the new state will be carved out

Also the bill seeks an amendment by inserting a new paragraph immediately after the Ondo state and before the Osun state paragraph, to read as follows: State – Orlu ,Capital City- Orlu, Vanguard reported.

The new state will be carved out from Imo, Abia, and Anambra states, with Orlu as its capital city.

Orlu state: LGAs that will be under Orlu

According to the proposed legislation, local government areas that will form part of the proposed state include Orlu, Orsu, Oru West, Oru East, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Nkwerre, Nwangele and Isu. Others are Oguta, Ohaji Egbema, Onuimo, Ihiala, Uga, Ihiala, Uli, Ozubulu, Akokwa, Arondizuogu, Umuchu, Umunze, Umuaku.

Others are New Ideato North, Nwabosi West, Nwabosi East, Owerre Nkworji, Alaoma, Amaifeke, Owerrebiri Umuowa.

Judiciary: Reps received Tinubu’s proposal to increase salaries

In another development, TheTalk.NG earlier reported that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has forwarded a bill to the House of Representatives to review and increase the salaries of the judicial officers.

Tajudeen Abbas, the speaker of the House of Representatives, disclosed the development in a letter by Tinubu read during plenary.

Tinubu’s 2024 budget included N342 billion for the judiciary, the highest the country has ever had.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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