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HRM Oba Saliu Adetunji
Olubadan of Ibadanland


Ebenezer ObeyVideo – Ibadan

The relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution governing constitutional reform are found in s. 8 & 9 of the 1999 Constitution. While s. 8 deals with the creation of states and boundary adjustment. An Act of the National Assembly for the purpose of creating a new State shall only be passed if:

(a) a request, supported by at least two-thirds majority of members (representing the area demanding the creation of the new State) in each of the following, namely:

    (i) the Senate and the House of Representatives;
    (ii) the House of Assembly in respect of the area; and
    (iii) the local government councils in respect of the area, is received         by the National Assembly;

(b) a proposal for the creation of the State is thereafter approved in a referendum by at least two-thirds majority of the people of the area where the demand for creation of the State originated;

(c) the result of the referendum is then approved by a simple majority of all the States of the Federation supported by a simple majority of members of the Houses of Assembly; and

(d) the proposal is approved by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of members of each House of the National Assembly.

In terms of size, Ibadan is bigger than more than two-third of Nigerian states (it is the second largest city in Africa!). Niger state, Nassarawa state and Imo state could be merged together within Ibadan convincingly, hence the limitation to the creation of Ibadan state is not that of size.

In terms of infrastructure, Ibadan has almost first of everything in Nigeria. The first university (University of Ibadan), teaching hospital (the UCH), television station (NTA Ibadan), stadium (Liberty stadium), multi storey building (Cocoa House), the list is endless.

Ibadan people are also expected to be put into consideration at all decision making forums, interactions and negotiations. Evidently, the age long agitation for a state of their own had being resurrected since the time the House of Assembly made the pronunciation.

It is evident that unlike other potential new states, Ibadan state is long overdue in a nation where Niger, Ebonyi, Nasarrawa and other smaller states were created.

In the past, when states were being created by fiat, several efforts made to get Ibadan State created were to no avail. Under the civilian administration the CCII picked up the struggle again. Within the year 2000 and 2008, two documents were prepared and submitted. The first one was submitted in year 2003 by the delegation led by Asiwaju Bode Amao. The second one was submitted on the 28th October 2008 on His Royal Majesty's behalf and the support of all people of Ibadanland.

For the present Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, JP, CFR all indigenes, friends, well-wishers and friends of Ibadanland must pool resource to ensure the creation of Ibadan State.

Viability & Sustainability of Ibadan State

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oyo State, Oba Samuel Odulana, has justified the demand for the creation of Ibadan State, stressing that the metropolis is qualified for the status by population and historical evidences.

Also, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), which had submitted memoranda to the national Assembly on the agitation, pointed out that the people of Ibadan have more claims than the promoters of Oduduwa and Ijebu states.

CCII leader, Chief Adebayo Oyero, said the proposed Ibadan State would be viable because of the untapped potentials that would ultimately boost its internally-generated revenue. He said the population of Ibadan and Ibarapa districts, which are larger than many states in the country, have made the basis for the Ibadan State more compelling and convincing.

Oba Odulana, who was a member of House of Representatives and Parliamentary Secretary to former Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa in the First Republic, said Ibadan is the lone pre-independence administrative capital that is not enjoying the status of a state.

The monarch, who had personally written to the Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker, to demand for Ibadan State since 2008, pointed out that the two senators representing Oyo Central and Oyo South Districts are from Ibadan, adding that, out of 14 House of Representatives members, seven are also from Ibadan city.

Oba Odulana added: “Ibadan has 16 House of Assembly members out of 32 and 155 elected chairmen and councillors. We earnestly hope that the National Assembly will set in motion the necessary legislative machinery that will make the creation of Ibadan State a reality”.

CCII leader Chief Oyero said the total population of the proposed state is 45.61 percent of the present Oyo State. He added: “The population of the proposed Ibadan State is more than eight states in Nigeria-Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Taraba and Yobe. He said Ibadan and Ibarapa have jointly submitted memoranda in 1989, 1991, 1996, 2003, and 2006 for the creation of the proposed state.

“I can tell you that Ibadan State will be more viable. We will eliminate waste. In Oyo State, Ibadan is the livewire. 80 percent of the internally generated revenue comes from Ibadan and Ibarapa. Our plan is that in Ibadan State, we will not have a bloated staff. ICT will reduce personnel cost. Currently, in Ibadan, there are untapped potentials. I moved into my house in Ibadan 31 years ago and up to now, I have not paid tenement rate. Ibadan is a gold mine untapped.

“Physical development in Ibadan is haphazard today. No policy on planning. No political will to implement planning regulations. Up to now, Ibadan has no master plan. The current administration is trying with the establishment of the Ministry of Planning and urban Development. Ibadan State will lay greater emphasis on this. Ibadan can be a mega city”.

Reference: THE NATION – November 22, 2012 posted by Emmanuel Oladesu

Our demand for the creation of Ibadan State is now more stringent and persistent.

Our hope is that the present administration will yield to pressure from marginalized people all over the federation and create more states.


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