Reps Move to Include ‘Middle-Belt’ in the Constitution.
The House of Representatives, has introduced a Bill seeking to include the Middle Belt region and other geo-political zones in the 1999 Constitution.
The Bill to effect the alteration is sponsored by Rep. Kpam Sokpo (PDP-Benue)
The Bill is entitled “Geo-political Zones of the Federation Bill, 2020”.
The Bill which was read the first time on Tuesday, seeks to amend “section 3 of the Principal Act is amended by introducing a proviso to that section, as follows:provided that the thirty-six states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja shall be composed or divided into six geo-political zones in Nigeria, that is to say:
Middle-Belt (Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja);
Northeast (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno,Gombe,Taraba and Yobe);
Northwest (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara);
South-east (Abia,Anambra,Ebonyi,Enugu and Imo);
South-south ( Akwa Ibom,Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, and Rivers); and
South-West (Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo)”.
The lawmaker while speaking on the proposed law, said he decided to come up with the piece of legislation, to ensure the issue of geopolitical zones, is not only a convention for political office sharing.
” The issue of geo-political zones, is for now, only in the Constitutions of political parties and it is a mere convention, so what I want to do with this alteration, is to include the idea in the 1999 Constitution.
“It’s inclusion in the Constitution, will ensure it’s justifiable and fully operational as a national policy backed by the supreme law of the federation.
“Of course the Bill also seeks to include the Middle Belt in the Constitution, as a separate region”, he said.
He promised that if passed into law, the alteration will strengthen the faith of many Nigerians in the country.
According to him, the Middle Belt region, was long overdue for constitutional recognition.
“The Middle Belt idea should be a constitutional matter, for equity, fairness and Justice”, he said.
9th June 2020