BY PRINCELY ONYENWE, IMO
THIS IS A COMMUNIQUE EMANATING FROM THE EMERGENCY SESSION OF SOUTH-EAST YOUTH LEADERS HELD AT OWERRI, IMO STATE ON TUESDAY, THE 25TH DAY OF MAY, 2021, IN RESPECT TO THE SOUTH EAST PUBLIC HEARING ORGANIZED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE 1999 NIGERIA CONSTITUTION.
This Communique is an outcome of the expanded South East Youth leaders meeting.
Having considered the review of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Senate, with a critical cum holistic look at the Constitution viz-a-viz the state of South East as regards it’s good, growth and development, we unanimously agreed that the present Constitution will not give us the Nigeria of our dream and as such, we recommend as follows:
A. That the recommendations of the 2014 Nigeria Confab should be implemented.
B. That new constitution should be drafted.
C. That if at all, the existing constitution must be reviewed, there should be a holistic review on all the sections of the Constitution with special reference to the following:
Creation of more Six (6) States, two (2) in South East, one (1) each in other zones except North West so that every Geopolitical Zone will have equal number of Seven (7) states each.
Federal Character should be clearly spelt in the new CONSTITUTION and penalty for offenders.
State Resource control with 50% to the state and 50% to the Government at the centre.
INEC’s independence should be strengthened and they should be saddled with responsibility of conducting Local Government Elections.
Tenure uniformity for all elected government officials at levels.
Local Government Autonomy should be non-negotiable
Minimum qualification for those seeking Political offices apart from Councillor should be First degree or it’s equivalent (HND or any other).
Power at the centre should be rotated amongst the Six geopolitical zones to give everyone high sense of belonging.
Review of the 1978 land use Act and Water ways.
Our New CONSTITUTION should recognize Independent Candidature.
Non same Geopolitical Zone shall produce two head of our security architecture.
Independence of the State Legislative and Judicial Arms.
Creation of Federal ministry of Religious Affairs
Creation of Federal Ministry of Regional and Ethnicity Affairs.
This release was signed by the following:
Comr.(ENGR) Ekeh Ifeanyi C.
National President, South East Youth Alliance (SEYEA)
Hon. Ifuma Emmanuel.
Muslim & Christian Youth council of Nigeria (MCYN)
Evang. Prince Ugwunnaya Enyinnaya.
Chairman Youth Wing of Christian Council of Nigeria,
Imo State (YOWICCN).
Comr. (Engr). Kenkwo Kesaandu Kingsley.
B.O.T member Okigwe zone youth progressive association (OZYPA); &
President, Ihite/Uboma Youths forum.
Rev. Emmanuel I. Omeokwe
Concerned Citizens of Igbo Race
Prince Arthur U. Madumere
Orluzurumee Youths Wing.
Comr. Noble Ewurum
Secretary, National Youth Council (NYC) Imo State.
Amb. (Engr.) Paulson Onyejiawa.
Imo Youths Arise
Comr. Ofoeze Uzochukwu.
National P.R.O SEYA; & B.O.T secretary,
Okigwe zone youth progressive association (OZYPA).
Comr. Azubuike Joseph C. Coordinator United Anambra Youth Movement
Hon. Austin Okoro,
Imo State chairman SEYEA.
Comr. Abuchi Paul
Director United Youth movement
Lady. Sophia Orji.
Imo State Woman leader
Bishop Ezekiel Nwachukwu
President South East PFN Youths.
Amb. Chukwu Solomon
National Youth Council of Nigeria,
Ebonyi State representative
Comr. Valentine Nnamdi Atunya
President, Igbo Etiti Youth Forum
Comr. Evang. Chibueze Okoroji
Chairman Anglican Youth fellowship
Dr. Ekeledo Chukwunyere
Coordinator Abia Progressive Youth Forum
Media Marshal SEYEA
Comr David Ani (Odogwu na Nkanu)
Coordinator Nigeria Youth Advocacy for Good Governance Initiative NYAGGI
Rtn comr Francis Igwilo
President Unemployed Youth Anambra state.
Giant comr Nkwogbo Josiah President Anambra youth Front
Nzewi Emmanuel Onyebuchi Auditor National Youth Council of Nigeria. Nnewi North LGA.
Nnewi Academic Congress.
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