South-East Development Commission Bill scales second reading in Reps

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Hope of so-economic prosperity is gradually rising for the Igbo nation about 50 years after the Nigerian civil war ended, as the bill for an act to establish the South-East Development Commission scaled through second reading in the House of Representatives.

The South-East Development Commission would 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 Bill provides.

Acting Leader of the House, Mohammed Monguno from Borno State while reading the bill during plenary on Thursday urged the members to support the bill, noting that “since after the civil war, there is no concerted effort for the rehabilitation of the infrastructure that was destroyed in the south east, that’s the essence of this bill.””

“You are all aware that because of Boko Haram, our infrastructure in the north east was destroyed. And this House in its wisdom decided with unanimity supported the North-East Development Commission that has today hit the ground running. Mr. Speaker, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander,” he added.

“So, what is good for the North East is also good for the South East because infrastructure has been destroyed. Yes, the three R that was rejected was a stopgap measure. It is against this backdrop that the Senate passed this bill. So, I am also urging my colleagues to support this bill.”

Hassan Shakarau(APC, Kaduna) who was not disposed to support the bill warned against duplicity and wanton creation of Commissions saying that if not checked can become a demand from all geopolitical zones.

“If we …