Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Rowdy Session Greets Additional State

Enugu — There was rowdy session yesterday during the public hearing on the review of the 1999 constitution in the southeast zone as the issue of demands for an additional state to the zone came up.

Although the demand and requests for state creation in the zone dominated the presentations made during the second day of the public hearing, there was an observed 'sharp disagreement' on the actual location and composition for the proposed state.

Weekly Trust observed that the apparent lack of consensus on the location of the state was the major cause of the rowdiness that lasted for some time, and almost disrupted the proceeding of the public hearing. Some pro-Adada State placards-brandishing youths who crowded the gallery of the Legislative Chamber of Enugu State House of Assembly, venue of the event, shouted on those that presented their demands for a new states not bearing Adada.

Unlike the first day (Thursday) when agitators for the creation of Adada State from the present Enugu State made their presentation without raising any dust or discordant voices, those who spoke in favour of Equity, ANIM, Orashi and Orimili states yesterday were booed repeatedly by the youths who were reportedly hired by the proponents of Adada state.

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