The National Assembly is to create six additional states, to bring the geopolitical zones at par, according to Mrs Uche Ekwunife, a member who represents Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency of Anambra State at the House of Representatives.
Ekwunife told newsmen in Awka, on Tuesday, that the South-East geopolitical zone, which currently has five states, would get two more states, while other zones with six states would get one state each, thus leaving each zone with seven states.
Ekwunife said members of the House, in their just-concluded retreat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, viewed the 36-state structure and the 774 councils as not sufficient in the distribution of dividends of democracy.
“The National Assembly is set to amend the 1999 Constitution again, in an effort to further fine tune it to make the nation’s laws better, especially in areas of need, to narrow down observed inconsistencies,” she said.
The legislator listed some other areas deliberated by the members to include the percentage of women representation in national affairs and the environment, especially the indiscriminate hoisting of telecommunications base stations.
Other areas, according to her, were the problems of erosion, flooding, oil pollution and the separation of the office of the Minister of Justice from that of the Attorney-General of the Federation, among others.