Senator Representing Kogi West Senatorial District and Chairman Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye Friday has revealed that he has submitted a bill for the abolition of State of Origin in the country.
Senator Dino Melaye made the disclosure in Abuja at the unveiling of the 18th-anniversary logo of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, (PCN).
He said that Nigerians should be united in everything instead of victimizing one another.
Senator Melaye disclosed that the Peace Corps of Nigeria has performed creditably well, to the admiration of the National Assembly hence the need to support the organization.
No More State Of Origin Soon – Dino Melaye
He said that he has received assurances from the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki that the third reading of the PCN bill currently in the Senate will commence in the shortest possible time.
Senator Melaye in his address said,
“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. My bill will be that 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 want to become the governor of Edo State. That is the Nigeria of our dream and that is for the youth 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 I the Senate President send his support and encouragement.
“He has assured me that the third reading of the bill in the Senate will be slated soonest 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 Youth and Sports for the supervisory roll and encouragement.
“I charge the Nigerian youths to shun violence; they are yet to discover their strength. This country is yours. Youth need attitudinal change.”