…Says, New State Can Sustain Itself
BY MIDAT JOSEPH, Kaduna
Over 50 ethnic nationalities in Southern Kaduna Friday reaffirmed its call on the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to implement the resolution of the 2014 National Conference for the creation of Gurara State among others.
The ethnic nationalities under the umbrella body of Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) noted that creating Gurara State out of the present Kaduna State will meet the aspirations of the people in the interest of justice.
Presenting the position of the ethnic nationalities on the restructuring debate to Journalists, the President of SOKAPU, Barr. Solomon Musa said the provisions of the 1999 Constitution on creation of states should be amended to make the creation of new states easier and less cumbersome.
“The case for creation of another state out of the present Kaduna State is very cogent given that the population of the area in question is over 3,945,201 people and its landmass is over 26,076Km2.
“The Gurara State, if created will be viable given its rich agricultural potential, the solid minerals in the area and its abundant human capital,” he said.
They lamented that the present delineation of Federal and State Constituencies, wards, local government areas, registration areas, polling units are deliberately skewed to the disadvantage of the people of Southern Kaduna and other ethnic minorities in the north.
“Therefore there is need to correct these structural imbalances that have been set up to always undermine the political aspirations of the southern Kaduna people.
“The constitutional provisions on periodic review of polling units and constituencies should be carried out with fairness and within the intendments of the constitution and before the next general elections in 2019,” he noted.
On regionalism, the ethnic groups said “Southern Kaduna, which is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community of minority tribes who are non-migratory and agrarian in nature, does not fit into the identity of northwest but that of the middle belt where they should be properly placed.”
On ownership and control over natural resources, they said, the ethnic nationalities should be able to have a reasonable measure of control over resources found in their domains, including having a share of revenues accruing from those resources.