Equality: Senator Dino Melaye proposes “State-of-Residence” to replace “State-of-Origin”


Senator representing Kogi West constituency and Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Senator Dino Melaye has suggested that State-of-Residence” should replace the age long “State of-Origin” so as to breed national cohesion and unity among Nigerians.
Sen. Melaye gave this suggestion while speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the logo and medal of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), marking the18th year anniversary of the organization.

He said:

Ethnic bigotry should be shunned; there should be a replacement of the state-of-origin to unite the country. Any responsible person that has lived in a particular place for a certain number of years can aspire to any political position including that state’s governor seat.

He, also called for the “rebirth” of Nigeria and charged the youths to guard against moral decadence an maximize their talent to contribute to national development.

Right now, the Nigerian constitution only allows an indigene of a state to contest in governorship elections. Also, equal opportunities and privileges are not accorded to sojourners to a state. In some states of the Federation, particularly Lagos state, indigenes from other states have been appointed into some key government positions.