Apparently the House of Representatives have confirmed that 10 new states will be created in Nigeria next year. 5 states in the north, and 5 in the south. Let’s see what comes of this. All the 36 current states in Nigeria were created by military governments. Let us see what happens here because the requirements for state creation are immense. To create a new state in Nigeria requires massive consensus. To create a state requires:
*the state’s creation must be supported by at least two-thirds of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State) in the Senate, House of Representatives, the House of Assembly in respect of the area, and the local government councils in respect of the area that the state will be created in, AND
*a referendum on the new state is approved by two-thirds of the people in the area where the state is to be created, AND
*the result of the referendum is then approved by a simple majority of all the 36 states of Nigeria supported by a simple majority of members of the Houses of Assembly, AND
*the state is approved by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of members of each of the Senate and House of Representatives.
This is a very long process. Let’s hang on and see what happens. Watch this space.