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Senator submits bill for abolition of State of Origin

FREEPRESS – The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye, yesterday disclosed that he had submitted a bill for the abolition of State of Origin.

 Melaye said this in Abuja at the unveiling of the 18th anniversary logo of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN).

 He said  there should be State of Residence, adding that Nigerians should be united in everything instead of victimizing one another.


 The lawmaker disclosed that the PCN had performed to the admiration of the National Assembly hence the need to support the organization.

 He said the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, had assured him that the third reading of the PCN bill in the Senate will be slated soon.

His words: “I have submitted a bill for the abolition of State of Origin. We are one united indivisible people in this country. We do not need State of Origin. Instead of State of Origin, we should have State of Residence. Where ever you reside is your state. For example, Emeka can become governor of Kano State; Oluwole can decide to become the governor of Borno State and Abudul Malik can become the governor of Edo State. That is the Nigeria of our dream and that is for the youths to actualize.

“The PCN has demonstrated service in your labour for Nigeria in the last 18 years. I acknowledge that you are a very responsible organization and you have done well. I want to encourage you to press on and you will continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians like myself. And  the Senate President sent his support and encouragement.

 ”He has assured me that the third reading of the bill in the Senate will be slated soon and I want to assure you that it has been passed in the House of Representatives and I will personally supervise the concurrent in the Senate.  I appreciate the Ministry of Youths and Sports for its supervisory role and encouragement.

 ”I charge the Nigerian youths to shun violence; they are yet to discover their strength. This country is yours. Youths need attitudinal change.”

 The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said government would continue to support the PCN and urged the organization to keep up the good work.

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