The Lagoon State Movement have submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Constitution Review to carve out a new autonomous state out of the current Lagos State.
A representative of Lagoon State Movement asked the committee at the South West Zonal Public Hearing
in Lagos on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to expedite the creation of Lagoon State.
He also said Lagos has been denied the ‘privilege’ to broke up like other Nigerian states to arrive at the current number of 36.
He noted that the proposed Lagoon State has the ability and resources to be self-sustainable, better than some states that currently exist.
“It is our prayer that the National Assembly will take a special note of our agitation and grant approval,” he said.
Lagos is the smallest state in Nigeria, occupying a total land area of 3,345 square kilometers,
but we consider it the most populated with an estimated 20 million residents.
The Lagoon State Movement has been campaigning for over 10 years for a new autonomous state to cater
to the rural communities especially those along the costal line.
Seven current local government areas in Lagos are proposed as the new Lagoon State.
They have listed Ikorodu, Epe, Kosofe, Somolu, Apapa, Eti-Osa, and Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Areas of Lagos in the past as proposed communities that will break from Lagos and create Lagoon.
Creation of new states was a very common request made at all four days of zonal public hearings on
constitutional amendment that took place all over the country last week and this week.
At the Lagos venue that fielded proposals from the public in Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo, many submitted requests
for creation of new states, including a separate Ibadan State breaking away from the current Oyo State.
However, The creation of new states is one of the items on the Exclusive Legislative List,
which makes it the responsibility of the Federal Government.
Many other groups complained at the hearings that they should take the item off the list because the
Federal Government should not be in the position to address such matters.
By Victoria E.I