Equitable Representation Advocated For South-East Nigeria Amid Ministerial Appointment Disparities

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The South-Eastern part of Nigeria has consistently found itself on the disadvantaged side of the equation. Recent ministerial appointments have highlighted a glaring disparity, with this region receiving the fewest ministerial positions compared to its counterparts. To rectify this situation, the South-East Senate caucus has requested an additional allocation of two ministerial slots from the President, aiming to restore a sense of parity in the country’s geopolitical representation under the current administration.

Senator Tony Nwoye, representing the Labour Party in Anambra North, spearheaded a motion backed by all 14 Senators from the South-East. Their collective stance emphasizes that adding these two ministerial positions would symbolize fairness, justice, and an equitable distribution of roles among the various geopolitical zones. The caucus contends that the present underrepresentation of the South-East has the potential to undermine national cohesion and loyalty, values enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

Similarly, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has lent his voice to the call for increased representation for the South-East. He underscored the importance of adhering to the federal character principle, as mandated by the Federal Character Commission Act, to ensure equal opportunities across the board.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio affirmed his commitment to address this issue, pledging to engage President Bola Tinubu on the matter promptly.

The glaring contrast in ministerial appointments has spurred discussions about the need for balanced distribution of positions. While regions like the North-West, North-East, North-Central, South-West, and South-South have received a more proportional allocation, the South-East has been left with a significantly smaller share. This discrepancy echoes a longstanding pattern of marginalization, particularly evident in the South-East having fewer states and local government areas than other zones.

Critics argue that upholding the Federal Character principle as outlined in the 1999 Constitution is essential to curbing the imbalance in appointments. Failure to do so has led to a systemic underrepresentation of the South-East across sectors such as the civil service and security agencies. This pattern, observed in previous administrations, has contributed to feelings of exclusion and unrest in the region.

Addressing this structural disparity is crucial for fostering national unity and inclusiveness. The South-East’s plea for equitable treatment underscores the necessity of a level playing field for all regions in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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