The ninth Senate on Thursday endorsed the South-East Development Commission bill which has simply scaled the second studying.

The bill sponsored by Senator Oduah, Stella Adaeze (Anambra North) titled “A bill for an act to determine the South-East Development Commission within the Federal Republic of Nigeria to behave as a catalyst to develop the industrial potentials of the South East and different related issues, 2020 (SB. 161)” scaled its second studying.

Throughout her lead debate, Oduah defined to her colleagues that the institution of the fee would promote national unity and increase the nation’s revenue.

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She defined additional that the bill would harness the potential of the South East within the facet of managerial, entrepreneurship, science and know-how thus rising the income allocation to the federation account. She is additionally famous that the fee would deal with the event challenges within the area, in addition, to deal with the agitations witnessed within the area resulting from marginalisation.

Gaya ( Kano South) commended Oduah for coming up with the bill. He also suggested the increment in the financial content of the bill, stating that the proposed amount was meagre. Gaya also pointed out that the establishment of the commission would address the environmental challenges like erosion witnessed in the region.

In his words “I wish to commend Senator Stella; I support this bill. South-East youths should be encouraged to manufacture machinery. The erosions can’t be solved alone locally; they can get assistance from the international communities.

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“I am happy that she has brought the financial compendium; she needs to review the proposal. I think the amount is low, I support this bill.”

Senator Ibrahim Gobir on his part threw his weight behind the bill; he noted that it would solve the infrastructure challenges and also contribute to the educational sector of the South East.

He said: “I rise to support this bill; the commission is going to assist the South East to develop themselves in the aspect of education, roads, etc. It is going to assist the region in a very long way.”

Supporting the bill, Senator Barau Jubrin  (Kano North) said the establishment of the bill would ensure equity in the development of the regions of the country. He cited Lagos State as the most developed part in the county while stating further than creating the commission would promote balance in the development of the nation’s regions.

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He said: “I supported this bill in the 8th Senate; I believe every part of this country should be developed. We don’t want a situation when one region is developed than the other region. It is good to look at the peculiarities of each zone and seek means of developing them and addressing their challenges. We all supported the North West development commission, so I call on my colleagues to support this bill.

South East senator,  Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central ) rallied his colleagues to support the bill; he described the South East as a hardworking people. He also appealed to the president of the country to sign the bill in other law after its final passage by the Senate.

He said: “I rise to support this bill and one thing that is interesting is that this bill was passed in the 8th Assembly. Mr. Senate President, so many people have said so many things about this bill. We the south easterners are very hardworking; if we are given this commission, it will go a long way in telling the youths that the Federal Government knows that the South East exists.

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“I want the president of the county to find a way in his heart to assent to this bill. We the South-East senators have been supporting other zones; they should support also us too.”

Senator Michael Nnaji (Ebonyi South) opined that the bill is devoid of sentiments; he appealed to his colleagues to support it.

Senator Rochas Okorocha, speaking in support of the bill said that the creation of the commission will erase the impression of marginalisation being expressed by south easterners. He lamented the exclusion of the southeast zone from as beneficiaries of the recently-approved $22.7 bn development loan requested by President Buhari.

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He stated: “This bill is essential; it will be reassuring and provides South East people with a way of belonging.

Once we speak in regards to the South East, there may be an undefined impression within the minds of individuals. However, the South East are true nationalists which are discovered all over the place on this nation. There is no such thing as a village the place you possibly can’t discover an Igboman.

There’s this sense of marginalisation; the South East was not included within the   $22.7 billion development loan.

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“The Igbo really feel rejected – that they don’t seem to be a part of the system. On this hallow chambers, the South East nonetheless feels uncared for.

“The individuals are not carried alongside. Should you speak about know-how and scientific improvement the South East are blessed.”

On the conclusion of contributions, the Senate in a voice vote unanimously accepted the bill for a second studying. Senate President Ahmed Lawan referred the invoice to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Issues which can report back to the Senate inside 4 weeks.

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Queenta N. Duru Iruka
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