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FCT indigenes demand mayoral status, representation in FEC

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The Original inhabitants of the FCT have called for the amendment of the 1999 constitution to accord a mayoral status in the Territory for inclusiveness and good governance.

They made the call at a press conference organised by the Centre for Transparency Advocacy on the clause-by-clause amendment of some sections of the 1999 constitution by the National Assembly.

While citing the laws of the Land Mr. Lazarus  Nyaholo explained that a mayoral status would foster National Development and enhance adequate representation in governance.

” section 297 to 307 to be replaced by the establishment for FCT with an elected mayor and Mayoral Assembly which will now replace the president by designating FCT as the Governor of FCT and National Assembly as the FCT  Legislators respectively as against the status of executive and legislative functions respectively vested on the president and the National Assembly”

Mr Nyaholo appealed to the Federal Government to consider indigenes of the FCT for ministerial appointments and also create additional constituencies.

To enhance national unity and progress, The Executive Director Centre for Transparency Advocacy Miss Faith Nwadishi also called on the National Assembly to create Laws that address the plights and challenges of the original inhabitants of the FCT.

“CTA in the last four months has been working to promote the rights of the original inhabitants of the FCT, we need to create this seat so that they can be part of our Nigeria some people are saying we should add our voices,  tomorrow members of the National Assembly would vote and Let’s vote Yes. If we have original inhabitants of the FCT well captured within the constitution of our country we are on our way to working out a better Nigeria where every Nigerian has a right “. He said.

Miss Nwadishi, therefore, appealed to the residents of the FCT to support the original inhabitants of the FCT.

Reporting by Ebere Ukeje, editing by Daniel Adejo.