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For the even development of Nigeria, particularly in the hitherto civil war ravaged South-East zone of the country, there is need for the House of Representatives to pass the South East Development Commission Bill.
The long title of the bill is: ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the South-East Development Commission to Serve as a Catalyst to Develop the Commercial Potentials of the South-East, Receive and Manage Funds from Allocation of the Federation for the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Reparation for Houses and lost Business of Victims of the Civil War and Address any Other Environmental or Developmental Challenges, and for Related Matters (HB.1626)’.
The Commission, which would be funded by 15percent of the Federal Allocation from States within the region; Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States shall among other things, formulate policies and guidelines for the development of the South-East region.
Conceive, plan and implement in accordance with the set rules and regulations, projects and programmes for the sustainable development of the South-East in the field of roads, education, health facilities, employment, water supply, electricity and commerce.
Tackle ecological and environmental problems that arise from the soil erosion problems and other environmental challenges in the South-East and advice Federal Government and member states on the prevention and control of the erosion and environmental challenges.
Identify factors inhibiting the development of the South-East and assist the member states in the formulation and implementation of the resources of the South-East.
The enactment of the South -East Development Commission Bill will help to rebuild the South-East and provide opportunity for the people to display their talent and contribute immensely to the development of the country.
The South -East geopolitical zone was worst hit by the 30 months old Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970 following cessation … Read More...
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Kabiru Adjoto, a three-time member in the Edo State House of Assembly is currently the 4th speaker in the outgoing sixth assembly. Before the current position, he was the deputy and chief whip of the house. In this interview with IDRIS UMAR MOMOH, he spoke on the assembly’s achievements under his leadership, the relationship between the executive and legislature in Edo, among other issues. Excerpts:
Edo State House of Assembly is being described as a ‘Rubber Stamp Assembly’, under your leadership as speaker. What is your take on this?
It is not just under my administration that the house has been described as a ‘rubber stamp assembly’. I am fortunate to be a member of the 4th, 5th and now the presiding officer of the 6th assembly. Throughout, these periods, they called us a rubber stamp assembly but it is more now. Sometimes, when I talked to the public, I see the relationship between the parliament particularly the Edo State House of Assembly and the executive as that of cooperation and not confrontation. When there are confrontations in a democracy there can’t be development. So, we have chosen as parliament in Edo State to always cooperate with the executive and the judiciary arms of government. That is the only way the people can benefit. If we confront the executive, the judiciary, then there can’t be development. If we do that, we can’t roll out bills that will be of interest to the people of the state or bills that will translate into development. In most cases, confrontation is purely because of finance. It is either the executive is not brining enough money to the parliament or the executive is taking too much. So, we say no to confrontation but chosen rather to oversight … Read More...
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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has declared his assets ahead of his second term inauguration slated for May 29.
The official assets declaration according to a statement by his senior special assistant on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu was in compliance with the requirements for all public office holders in the Nigeria constitution.
The statement stated: “The documents were submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau on Friday May 24, 2019.”
It further stated that “Governor Ishaku declared his assets in fulfilment of the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau for public officers.”
Meanwhile, the total worth of the governor was not enshrined in the statement which was made available to journalist in Jalingo the Taraba State capital.
Nathaniel Gbaoron, Jalingo
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