By Musa Adamu
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Yayale Ahmed, yesterday led delegation on the campaign for the creation of Katagun State, to pay a courtesy call on the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, where they submitted memorandum of understanding.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the Deputy President of the Senate, Yomi Odunuga, explained that Ahmed who led a delegation from Katagum, Missau and Jama’are Emirates in Bauchi State to the National Assembly, said the call for the creation of Katagum State dates back to 1980s.
He added that the Second Senate in 1981 and the 2014 National Conference had already approved the creation of the state.
While affirming his confidence in the Ninth National Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed declared that the proposed state was economically viable in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals, livestock and water resources.
According to him, when created, it would bring development closer to the people.
He said “We are hereby presenting for your kind consideration, the request for the creation of Katagum State out of the current Bauchi State. We are doing so minding the fact that the National Assembly is the only body recognised constitutionally to initiate and create states.
“Anything outside that will not yield any positive result. Therefore we are reaffirming our confidence in the National Assembly to do the right thing at the right time”.
Other members of the delegation as listed in the statement are: Ambassador Jibrin Chinade, Ambassador Adamu Aliyu, Captain Bala Jibrin, Alhaji Buba Gamawa, Alhaji Nadada Umar, Waziri Mohammed, Rt. Hon. Umar Sarki, member representing Katagum Federal Constituency, among others.
Speaking to the visitors, the Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said state creation is possible if proponents of such proposals lobby stakeholders from all the geopolitical zones of the country.
This is even as he stressed that the National Assembly only has the powers to amend the Constitution and not to overhaul it.
Speaking after he received the memorandum of the group, Omo-Agege disclosed that the panel would harvest from its data bank, stressing that the 2014 confab report, El- Rufai panel report of 2018, as well as Constitution alteration bills already referred to the committee would enrich its assignment.
He said: “We have a lot of positions taken by various interests to the effect that the Constitution review exercise is not necessary. That what they require is a complete rewrite of the Nigerian Constitution.