Former Information Minister and a member at the on-going National Conference, Professor Jerry Gana, has said the proposed Edu State, to be created from the present Niger state, is among the 18 new ones recommended by the Confab.
Reacting to insinuations that Edu was not recommended by the Confab, Gana told newsmen in Bida yesterday that the state was number 2 on the Votes and Proceedings of Thursday, July 3.
The PDP chieftain stated that other states recommended for creation alongside Edu include Apa from the present Benue, Kainji from the present Kebbi, Katagum and Savannah from the present Bauchi and Borno States.
Others were: Amana from the present Adamawa, Gurara from the present Kaduna, Ghari from the present Kano, Etiti from the present South East Zone, Aba from the present Abia, Adada from the present Enugu, Njaba-Anim from the present Anambra and Imo states.
Anioma from the present Delta, Ogoja from the present Cross River, Ijebu from the present Ogun, New Oyo from the present Oyo state.
He said that it was also recommended that the third state to be created in the South-South Zone will be named later, along with its state capital.
He stressed that the conference believed the recommended new states would be economically viable.
According to him, “this development is in the spirit of reconciliation, justice, equity and fair play as there is need to give every Nigerian, irrespective of their religion, believe, location or ethnic affiliation, a sense of belonging in the political scheme of affairs.
Gana noted that unlike the previous recommendation by the similar conferences in the country, delegates to the present Confab believed in the present administration’s determination and sincerity to consider their recommendations for implementation for the good of the country.
He also appealed to Nigerians to pray fervently for peace and for God to assist security agents in the country to overcome insurgency that had caused serious security challenges.
“Nigeria needs prayers and prayer is the only weapon that can put the country on the right path” he said.