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Bill to Establish South-East Development Commission Scales Second Reading

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A Bill to establish South-East Development Commission (SEDC) passed second reading during Senate plenary on Wednesday.

The Bill which is sponsored by Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) and Senator Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra), seeks for an Act as catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the South-East

Presenting the Bill at plenary, Anyanwu said that the establishment of the commission would tackle infrastructural deficit as well as engage youths in productive ventures in the region.

“Some of the functions of the commission include release of policies and guidelines for the development of the South-East, conception of development plans in accordance with set rules. The commission is also expected to provide a master plan for reduction of unemployment and schemes to promote the physical development of the region,’’ he said.

Anyanwu said that the Bill sought to give necessary attention and support needed to harness the abundant economic and indigenous entrepreneurial potential of the region.

“The Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) are significant to the growth, productivity and competitiveness of any economy. This is one area the South-East manifests strength and comparative advantage but lacks the necessary encouragement and support to enhance their growth and maximise their full potential to compete with countries like China and Brazil. The passage of this Bill will be critical in addressing the South-East agitation for marginalisation through integrative development plan that will promote and strengthen the sense of nationalism,” he said.

Supporting the Bill, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP-Enugu), extolled the credentials of the senate, describing it as bi-partisan and patriotic.

“This is one rope that holds Nigeria together. I look forward to the support of the Senate to this Bill,” Ekweremadu said.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that the unity and development of a nation sometimes went beyond just a Bill.

“I want us all to see that we all have responsibilities to bring down the tension in this country and bring about unity. By this, we are showing as a Senate that we are ready to listen and look at the pros and cons. We need to unite this country. We must play our role. We only have one country,” he said.

Saraki thereafter referred the Bill to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters to work on and report back in four weeks.

A similar Bill which was before the House of Representatives was rejected on Thursday.

The members voted against the Bill and the rejection led to a rowdy session and walk-out from the chamber by members of the South-East Caucus of the house.

6 Comments

  1. Noms

    June 8, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Biafran scare…this should calm them down because they will fight themselves too when given Biafra. My state alone has issues of a country as it is,with all the major ethnic groups fighting for superiority. I want Urhobo/Isoko State by the way… Not country o
    God bless, Nigeria.

  2. CHIBABY

    June 8, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Its about damn time

  3. Bad gang

    June 8, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I hope states like Imo and Abia are stopped from enjoying benefits from NDDC (they cannot come and be flexing in two places)…if not NDDC should be disbanded and south south development commission should be created…the creation of NDDC was a mistake, now every geopolitcal zone will want their own…which part of nigeria enjoys infrastructure sef? The NDDC grants imo and abia states have been getting, what have they used it for? Na by creating development commission? Lol…NDDC that has been there what have they done? Our problems are deep seated abeg…this south east dev. Commission is just another platform for powerful people to loot money

    • Nuna

      June 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I agree with you. Its unfortunate how horrible Imo and Abia states are given that they also enjoy NDDC commission.

  4. Ethio

    June 8, 2017 at 8:57 am

    On the other hand, I think this issue of northern youths asking igbo to leave is a conspiracy by ipob to further project hate to us the igbos

    • Christian Nkoro

      June 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Before you conclude that assertion think of how many years gone by has the igbo people living in the north been brutalised beaten and made to suffer untold loses in both men and materials. I dont blame you I blame the foolish igbos who go to another part of Nigeria and develop them leaving his fathers land. How many northerners own properties in Aba Enugu Owerrie PH Umuahia Okigwe Calabar Uyo Ogoja and the south east as a whole. Think b4 you conclude

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