Orlu State Bill Passes First Reading At House Of Reps

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A bill seeking to create Orlu State from Imo, Abia, and Anambra states has passed its first reading in the House of Representatives.

The proposed state will comprise 23 local government areas, including Orlu, Orsu, Oru West, Oru East, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Nkwerre, Nwangele, Isu, Oguta, Ohaji Egbema, Onuimo, Ihiala, Uga, Ihiala, Uli, Ozubulu, Akokwa, Arondizuogu, Umuchu, Umunze, Umuaku, New Ideato North, Nwabosi West, Nwabosi East, Owerre Nkworji, Alaoma, Amaifeke, and Owerrebiri Umuowa.

Hon. Ikeagwuonu Ugochinyere, Member representing Ideato Federal Constituency and the bill’s sponsor, in a statement expressed optimism that the state will become a reality.

“I appeal to my colleagues to support this bill to ensure it scales through Second Reading,” .

“When created, Ideato will emerge as a senatorial district, and the state will have a capital city in Orlu. This will bring governance closer to our people and address the marginalization we have suffered for decades.”he said.

Ugochinyere emphasized the economic benefits of the new state, saying, “Orlu State will unlock the economic potential of our region, create jobs, and stimulate growth.

“We have the resources, the talent, and the determination to make this state a success story.”

“By working together, the South-East can write a new chapter in its history, forging a path towards a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

“The passage of the first reading marks a significant milestone for the creation of Orlu State. However, much work remains to be done. The coming weeks will be critical as the bill navigates the legislative process. The continued support of the public and key figures within the government will be essential in turning the dream of Orlu State into a reality,” he stressed.

He also thanked his colleagues for their support, saying, “I appreciate the support of my colleagues so far, and I urge them to continue to support this bill to its logical conclusion.”

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