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General News of Monday, 27 December 2021


Constitution review: Senate forecloses state creation

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The Senate has ruled out the creation of new states, it was learnt yesterday.

The Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution observed that, apart from shrinking resources, which may render additional states unviable, the exercise may fuel national tension and further polarise the country.

There are agitations across the six geo-political zones that states should be increased from 36 to 56.

However, the Senate Committee reasoned that the new states will create additional burden for the country.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who spoke on the report of the Constitution Review, said the recommendations, which would be harmonised before the Constitution Amendment Bill is passed, will top the agenda of the Senate after the Christmas recess.

There are over 30 items in the report of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Review, it was learnt.

According to the report, the 70-year retirement age limit for Supreme Court and Court of Appeal justices will now be extended to all judges nationwide.

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