OrderPaperToday – Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have sought amendment to the 1999 constitution to make the nation’s capital a state.
As a result, FCT will then be eligible to elect a governor and a legislative assembly.
These are contained in a memorandum submitted by the indigenes under the aegis of Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA) to the Senate committee on Constitution Review on Thursday.
The memorandum signed by its President, Danladi Jeji, equally asked that the Federal Capital City (FCC) be recognised with mayoralty status.
In addition to the current two federal constituencies, the indigenes requested for four more to make it six and three senatorial districts as against the existing one.
Also contained in the memorandum is creation of more Area Councils from six (Abuja Municipal , Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje , Kwali and Abaji) to eleven.
The Local Government Councils are listed as follow: Rubochi with Rubochi as Headquarters, Yaba with Yaba as Headquarters, Wako with Dangara as Headquarters and Galuwyi with Galuwyi as Headquarters.
Others are; Kubwa with Kubwa as Headquarters, Karshi with Karshi as Headquarters, Karu with Karu as Headquarters, Sapeyi with New Garki as Headquarters, Jiwa with Jiwa as Headquarters, Bobo with Yebu as Headquarters and Zuba with Zuba as Headquarters.
Lastly, FCT indigenes also asked for the provision of ministerial slot for natives as obtained in other states.