Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 November 2012

Nigeria: Constitution Review - Itsekiris Insist On Warri State

Calabar — Itsekiri Ethnic Nationality of Delta State have also presented their own case for the creation of Warri State , lamenting age old marginalition.

At the conclusion of the two day geopolitical zonal senatorial public hearing, they presented a memorandum on the review of the 1999 Constitution in Calabar where the event held.

The people also canvassed for the creation and recognition of Mid West Zone to be carved out of the South-south Zone to comprised Edo and Delta States and Middle Belt Zone from North Central.

Assistant Secretary of the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, Mr. Edward Ekpoko, in the Memorandum presented on behalf of the Itsekiri nationality by the people said that it was their inalienable rights to preserve and control their land, preserve their language and their traditions and to participate in the government of the country at all levels.

According to them, "The area of the proposed state should be conterminous with the old Warri Division, Itsekiri homeland (now Warri North, Warri South and Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State).

They said that in the event that Warri state was not feasible, the Warri should be given special recognition.

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