The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to revisit its earlier suspended plan of delimitation of constituencies in the country.
Acting chairman of the Commission, Amina Bala Zakari, stated this yesterday when the newly appointed Surveyor General of the Federation (SGOF), Mr Ebisintei Awudu, led a delegation to the Commission.
The former INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had created 30,000 polling units which sparked protests from the Southern parts of the country with the allegation that the action was skewed in favour of the North.
Jega, however, shelved the project ahead of the 2015 poll.
But Zakari, while receiving the delegation from surveyor general’s office, noted that the delimitation exercise which commenced before the last general election was put on hold due to the high level of controversy generated by the project at that time.
She said: “Now that the elections are over, we have to dust our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and process the agreement to commence the delimitation.”
She explained that apart from the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, the Commission had also signed partnership agreements with sister agencies like the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), National Air Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), National Population Commission (NPC) and others for collaboration on the project.
Zakari informed the new SGOF that the Commission had already signed an MoU with the OSGOF not only for the provision of maps but for technical support.
Earlier, Ebisintei Awudu had explained that the purpose of his visit was to bring up the issue of the earlier MoU INEC and his office had signed and to discuss other issues of mutual interest relating to surveying and mapping.
He further stated that his team was at the Commission to discuss what the OSGOF could do to support in areas of constituency delimitation and any other possible support it could render in the upcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
The surveyor-general of the federation pledged to support the Commission with 2.5m Satellite Imagery Map of the whole country, settlement data, training, technical and other logistic support.