Sunday, January 23

CAN makes case for six more states, return to 1963 Republican-Constitution

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made case for additional six states in Nigeria while also advocating for the return to the 1963 Republican Constitution.

CAN stated this in its memorandum at the public hearing on the review of the 1999 constitution on Thursday June 3 in Abuja by its Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Barrister Comfort Chigbue.

The proposed states are: Southern Kaduna/ Kataf/ Gurara state, Adada state from the present Enugu State, Cross River North state, Okun state from the present Kogi State and Okigwe state from the present Imo State while Oke-Ogun state from the present Oyo State.

CAN also canvassed for Gender Equity, Women Empowerment through Education and Inheritance as well as equal opportunities in all Socio-Political Affairs, and making 18 years the official maturity age and age for marriage consent.

On the Federal Structure and Power Devolution, it advocates a return to the 1963 Republican Constitution and Confederation of Independent Regions or Federation of States or Regions.

It also wants Devolution and Decentralisation of power and Governance system through formal introduction of geo-political zones/regions with clearly assigned roles.

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Traditional rulers and Religious leaders should be giving constitutional recognition by strengthening their cultural and social-religious responsibilities.

CAN wants some section of the constitution expunged which are Sections 214 and 215 (4) .

And the redefining of courts of superior jurisdiction to accommodate the purpose Regional/Zonal system with respective appellate structures while maintaining the secularity of Nigeria by removing any religion provisions of or if need be, insert also constitutional provisions for Ecclesiastical Courts.

On the issues of Public Revenue,  fisacl Fedralism and revenue allocation , CAN advocates for a Revenue  Allocation and Sharing Formula to be guided by the Principles of Sustenance and Benefits to sources of Derivation on the ratio of 70:30 to Regions and Central level respectively while

 there should be Financial Autonomy/Independence of the Judiciary.

CAN also advocates for the separation of office of the Attorney General from the office of the Minister of Justice and Proper constitutional definition of an indigene and residency rights, equality of all persons before the law.

The religious organ wants Immunity clauses to be expunged from the constitution and a creation of new states for administrative impart and governmental dividends as being advocated for but with the amendment of  Section 3(2) and delete Section 3(6) of the 1999 Constitution to allow for the creation of more local government areas or such autonomous administrative units to be created by the respective regions/confederating units.

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It wants Constitutional Provisions for enforcement of the Fundamental Human Rights and a holistic  Review of the Legislative lists contained in the Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution.

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