Petition to the national assembly to create new 6 state and creation of a Western Niger Province. sign now

Petition to the national assembly to create new 6 state and creation of a Western Niger Province.

We the undersigned ask member of the national assembly to create new 6 state created from Western Niger Area of Nigeria and also create a Western Niger Province.

The 6 new states are
1. Ijebu state from Ogun state
2. Ibadan state from Osun and Oyo state
5. Oke Ogun from Oyo state
3. Oyan state from Kwara state
4. Akure state from Ondo state
5. Coastal from Delta state
6. Benin State from Edo state

While the new Western Niger province would consist of the present west kogi state, Kwara, Ondo, ekiti, oyo, lagos ,ogun, osun, Edo and delta state.

And with a total number of 16 states including the new states, they are Ekiti, osun, lagos, oyo, ibadan , oke ogun, ondo, akure,kwara , oyan, kogi, edo, benin, delta, coastal and ogun state.

We want our capital to be located in a new undeveloped site which would be change by our people within the first 6 month. And to have a temporary capital in Ile Ife.

We want total control of our province.
Western Niger Province shall have a vice president for the federation.
Western Niger Province shall have autonomous status.
The following of Delta, Edo, Benin and coastal state shall have the right to leave the province based on seccession criteral providered below.
Western Niger Province had its own separate Constitution, in addition to the Federal Government Constitution.
Western Niger Province had its own separate Coat of Arms and Motto, from the Federal State or Government.
The Provincial Governments had Residual Power, i.e., where any matter was not allocated to the Provinces or the Federal Government, it automatically became a matter for Provincial jurisdiction.
The power and right of a Western Niger Province to raise funds by way of tax on persons, matters, services and materials within its territory.
The Province Government would be empowered to make grants to the federal Government of 40\% collected from mineral including oil.
The exclusive right to the control of the police force.
The exclusive right to the control over all taxes.
The exclusive right to the ownership of airport and seaport.
The exclusive right to the control of education.
The exclusive right to the control of all form of health care issue.
The exclusive right to the control of the railway, air services, telecommunication, telegraphs, electricity and local mining in its territory.
The exclusive right to the ownership and control of resources, both natural and created within its territory. And remitting of 40\% to the federal goverment.
The right to customs duties on goods destined for its territory and excise duties on goods manufactured in its territory.
There shall be a Central Agency for all Provinces which will be responsible for the federal matters and other matters delegated to it by a Province.
The composition and responsibility of the Central Agency shall be defined by the Order-in-Council establishing the constitutional arrangement. The Agency shall be a non-political body.
All revenue shall be levied and collected by the Provincial Government including customs revenue at the port of discharge by the Central Agency and paid to its treasury. The administration of the Customs shall be so organised as to assure that goods consigned to the Province are separately cleared and charged to duty.
The Western Niger Province shall have a separate Public Service!
The Western Niger Province shall have a senate, with three representative from each state. And have the highest level in a tie issue.
The new Western Niger Province governement shall composed of the Controller Governor of Western Niger Province, each state governors and provincial commissioners( members of the provincial house of assembly) .
Provincial house of assembly shall consist of member representing each state.
The Provincial Houses shall consist of 301 members based on population of each state and shall be reviewed every 10 years.
local government shall now to be called county.
Each County shall have a Mayor.
The election of the Controller Governor shall be based on the political party with the highest number of delegate to the provincial house of assembly. And shall first be elected to the provincial house of assembly from his/her county.
The Controller Governor shall appoint a Deputy Controller Governor.
The Provincial Houses shall consist of 301 members based on population.
The Provincial Houses are competent to legislate for their own Provinces. They shall consider bills affecting their Provinces, and make recommendations and pass resolutions for their own Provinces.
There shall be three form of government in the Western Niger Province Provincial, state and county.
Each state shall be ruled by a governors.
The Provincial Houses shall draw a map of each state and county with the recommendation of the Provincial Conference as the working documents.
The following of Delta, Edo, Benin and coastal state shall have the right to leave the province by 2/3 majority vote of citizen of the state and simple majority of the Provincial house of assembly or 2/3 majority of the total Provincial house of assembly from the 4 states stated in a congress.
The position Attorney-General, accountant general and auditor General of province shall be elected.
The Provincial Houses election shall be direct secret voting.
The Provincial Houses shall retain both Executive , residual and overall powers, but since the Central Legislature and Executive will themselves be made up of representatives of the Provinceal Legislatures and since the policy of greater Provinceal autonomy is so widely accepted, we do not fear that there will be any desire at the Centre unnecessarily to interfere with purely Provinceal legislation or administration".
It is important to observe once more that anything outside these two lists was exclusively a matter for Provincial jurisdiction. Other features indicative of the autonomous status of the Provinces included:
Western Niger Province has the right for a separate Provincial Judiciaries.
The Provincial Houses has the power of the Provinces to establish, not only High Courts, but also Provincial Courts of Appeal.
The Province has their own separate electoral commissions for state, county, house of representative, state of house assembly elections. However, the Chairman of the Provicial Electoral Commission shall be appointed by the Provicial assembly from a selection of 5 names.
The Provicial Revenue Allocation system to state shall be strictly based on derivation including taxes and all form of revenue.
The Province shall have complete legislative and executive autonomy with respect to all matters except the following: police, external affairs, customs, militia and West African research institutions.
The Province house shall have The right to all mines and minerals . This right include been the owner of all minerals attaching to the land in the province and 200 nautical miles off its coastal waters. The right would be accentuated by the provision in our laws laying down that entire property in and control of all minerals and mineral oils in, under or upon any lands in Provinces and of all rivers, streams and water-courses throughout Nigeria, was and should be vested in the Provincial house.
The Province house shall hold the right, among other things, to legislate on mines and minerals, including oilfields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas as provided in the Constitution. The Constitution of the province, for example, provides for a fair distribution of revenue obtained from mining royalties and rents between the states in so far as such revenue is in respect of minerals obtained from inland.

. All of the excise duty from beer , tobacco should be similarly distributed to Provinces in proportion to consumption. Half the net proceeds of export duties should go to the Province of the export origin
The tax on personal income shall be collected by the Province in which the tax payers resided. The whole of the proceeds from the mining royalties should go to the Province from which the mineral was extracted.
The Province should receive the various fees for licences relating to Province subjects as well as Provinciall court fees and fines. And all of the net proceeds of import duties including tobacco and petrol should be shared out among the states Governments .
The province Government shall be empowered to make grants licences to banks, telecommunication, education institution and others.
The Provincial Legislatures respectively should be competent to create new posts, the abolition of vacant posts and the alteration of the salaries, allowances or conditions service, but it must not affect officers already on the service.
The Control Governor and the Governors of the Province and states were in-charge of recruitment and promotion of civil servants and had the power to appoint members of the Public Service Commission.
The Control Governor and Governors had the power to appoint Judges. The Province Supreme Court had the power to hear appeals from Provincial High Courts, appeals for the Province Supreme Court .

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