Why Reps must pass South East Development Commission Bill, now! 

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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...