From Seyi Ojelade, Ibadan
Oyo state ‘Stakeholders on State Creation’ yesterday requested on-going National Conference to recommend, in its final report, the split of the present Oyo state into two (2) states.
The group also called on the National Conference to sensitize the National Assembly on the need to amend Section 8(1)(a and b) of the 1999 Constitution with a view to remove the impediments to state creation exercise.
This was disclosed by its Chairman, Chief Bayo Oyero, in his speech at a press conference on: “Imperative of splitting Oyo state into two states”, held at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Center, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
Oyero maintained that removing impediments against state creation will create a conducive atmosphere for meeting the demand of the people on state creation.
He said the desire for more state creation would always be there, as past creation exercises have not satisfied the need of the people.
He opined that other factors that will continue to ignite agitation for state creation includes population growth, widening developmental needs and ethno-political relations.
Oyero, who doubles as the Chairman, Central Council of Ibadan Indegine (CCII), said civilian government ought to be mature and bold enough to withstand needless pressures by surmounting the challenges of granting the request of the electorates from whom it derives legitimacy.
He charged the Federal Government to be more sensitive to the request for state creation, by allowing conducive atmosphere and relaxing the needless stringent constitution requirements set as obstacle by the military regimes.