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18 More States/Rotational Presidency/New National Anthem: Recommendations from the National Conference



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Due to recommendations made by delegates at the National Conference, Nigeria may soon have 18 additional states. This means that in addition to the pre-existing 36 states, the country would have 54 states in total.

The confab voted for the creation of the new states on Thursday, Punch reports.

The new states proposed are:

Ijebu, from Ogun State; Aba, to be carved out of the current Abia State; Katagum, from Bauchi State; Amana, from former Sardauna Province; Apa, from Benue State; Anioma, from Delta State, Savannah, from Borno State; and Etiti, from South-East.

Njaba/Anim, from Anambra and Imo states; Gurara, from Kaduna State; Ghari, from Kano State; Adada, New Oyo from Oyo State; Orachi, from Rivers State; Ogoja, from Cross River State; and Kainji, from Kebbi and Niger states.

Two additional states, one each from the South-West and South-East and zones, are yet to be named.

According to reports, the 18 states will be evenly distributed among the six geopolitical zones of the country, so that none of the zones will have more states than others.

It was also recommended that the Presidency should rotate among the six geopolitical zones of the nation, and that the rotation should occur between the southern and northern regions.

Delegates also voted that the country’s old national anthem (“Nigeria we hail thee…”), should replace the current one.

Also, all government officials henceforth must use made-in-Nigeria vehicles, according to the delegates.

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  1. isaid!

    July 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Eighteen more states ! When some of the states are not even economically viable?
    These people are dreaming.Most governors depend on Abuja for their states to even function. So the dependency on Abuja continues,which also translates to dependency on oil revenue from the Niger delta..Our country is a joke.

    • pipi

      July 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

      A big JOKE

  2. amaa

    July 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t know about 18 more states but usually when things are smaller they are more manageable. The rotational presidency is a good idea it might just help make zones more accountable .Made in Nigeria cars definitely a good one .Delegates should also add the minimum educational qualification for political office holders should HND not the WAEC . Also all public office holders must have at least one Nigeria education degree, must not have any criminal conviction both home an abroad, their children must go to public schools

    • Erinma

      July 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      But rotational presidency is currently what we are practicing, and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere in terms of quality leaders at all. It’s just a maintenance of the status quo. If we emphasised competence anyone of any tribe in Nigeria should be able to contest for that position and win. It will only encourage even more mediocrity.

  3. mark

    July 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    ha ha ha ha some of this delegate are stupid ..they just like what will create more embezzlement for themselves .. we have not managed 36 ..they want to add another 18 and create how many new local government.. then all federal allocation will go the maintaining governors and local government and less ..on improving the country

  4. D

    July 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Jokers!!! Creating additional states will reinforce more of the dysfunctional citizenship ideology we have in Nigeria today i.e. you identity 1st with your state/ethnic group before your country. This eats away at any plausible prospects of national identity. I tire for this country….

  5. dotty

    July 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    what do you expect? they are just trying to justify the 12M abi na how much sef that they were paid for this mumu conference…..why won’t they talk jargons when 99% of the delegates na old men and women that their brains are getting old…..mtchewwwwww…… i weep for naija

  6. Lanre

    July 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    They are jokers…. Do they need to be creating states or to even start merging less productive ones so they can be more productive… They need to create more local government, empower them and scrap off the state governors while voting for regional heads… We dont want any state government again… Just province and regions now abeg… And move for sharing of presidential seats in a single six electoral year term… where one rules for a whole year out of the six man team.

  7. isaid!

    July 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    @Lanre, i second your opinion. Provinces or Regions instead of all these wastes called states.

  8. Eva

    July 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    What @lanre said….nigeria is just a joke!!!!!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      July 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Yes but a 54 year old joke is no longer funny. It’s just simply sad.

  9. Inebaby

    July 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Jokers! I think it should be established that each state should take care of itself instead of depending on Abuja to function! Once it is established, we will see how dis jokers will survive and if they will insist on creating more states! They are just looking for where to embezzle money! Mtchew…

  10. Annie

    July 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    bunch of crazy old men, what do we need 18 more states for? Abia a very small state has not seen any development in a long time, now Aba a state, this must be a joke. What do we need a new anthem for? who are they trying to fool? This is not what the country needs at this time.

  11. ability

    July 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    18 more state? No no no no

  12. mate

    July 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Good work. Govt must be brought closer to the pple

  13. ao

    July 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Stupid recommendations.

  14. Uba Nnaji

    July 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    More greaze to your elbow the confab delegates

  15. beatrice

    July 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Jobless people. Stupid and unnecessary changes SMH

  16. Concerned Nigerian

    July 8, 2014 at 4:09 am

    New Nigeria! Good job National Conference.

    Nigeria, we hail thee,
    Our own dear native land,
    Though tribe and tongue may differ,
    In brotherhood we stand,
    Nigerians all, are proud to serve
    Our sovereign motherland.

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