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Senate Passes Bill For S-East Development Commission, Seeks Immediate Signing
Infrastructural Deficit to be Tackled as Senate Passes Bill For S-East Development Commission
The Nigerian Senate has on Wednesday, December 12, passed the bill for the establishment of South East development commission.
The establishment of the commission which would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country, is an effort by the government to tackle infrastructure deficit and ecological setbacks in the region.
The commission if established may also help in aiding development of commercial resources in the region.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah (Anambra) and Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo) in June, 2016, while its passage in the Senate came after the committee on establishment and public service presented its report through its former chairman, Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa).
Following consideration and amendment, the bill was eventually passed. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Wednesday.
The move requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives for onward transmission to the president for assent.
Ekweremadu also commended members of the senate for their efforts toward the bill.
“Every morning, we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today (yesterday) that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country,” he said.
Also speaking to journalists after the session, members of the southeast caucus in the upper chamber of the federal legislature, led by Enyinnaya Abaribe from Abia state, thanked their colleagues for their patriotism.
Abaribe urged the president to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria.”
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war. All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he added.