Senate Receives Bill Seeking To Abolish State Of Origin

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye said yesterday that he has submitted a bill for the abolition of State of Origin in Nigeria.

Melaye who stated this at the unveiling of the 18th anniversary logo of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) in Abuja called on Nigerians to be united in everything they do instead of victimizing one another.

The lawmaker commended the Peace Corps of Nigeria, (PCN) over its performance, which, according to him, has endeared them to the National Assembly; hence the need to support the organization.

The FCT committee chairman also said he has gotten assurances from the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki that the third reading of the PCN bill will be read in the Senate in no distant time.

His words: “I have submitted a bill for the abolition of State of Origin. We are one united indivisible people in this country we do not need state of origin. My bill will be that instead of state of origin we should have state of residence. Where ever you reside is your state. For example Emaka can become governor of Kano State, Oluwole can decide to become the governor of Borno State and Abudul Malik can want to become the governor of Edo State. That is the Nigeria of our dream and that is for the youth to actualize.

“The PCN has demonstrated service in your labour for Nigeria in the last 18 years. I acknowledge that you are a very responsible organization and you have done well. I want to encourage you to press on and you will continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians like myself. And I the Senate President send his support and encouragement.

Melaye continued: “He has assured me that the third reading of the bill in the Senate will be slated soonest and I want to assure you that it has been passed in the House of Representatives and I will personally supervise the concurrent in the Senate.

“I appreciate the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the supervisory roll and encouragement. I charge the Nigerian youths to shun violence; they are yet to discover their strength. This country is yours. Youth need attitudinal change.”

Similarly, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung stated that government will continue to support the PCN and urged the organization to keep up the good work.

Dalung who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry advised PCN to continue to respect constituted authority with the view to enhance peace in the country.

On his part, the National Commandant of PCN, Ambassador Dickson, Akoh said despite being subjected to series of institutional and fundamental challenges PCN has so far triumph adding that its achievements over the years is the most recent passage of a Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps by the House of Representatives on June 9, 2016.

Akoh equally stated urged the parliament to do all within its powers to ensure the Bill will scales through third reading at the Senate.

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