Senate passes bill to establish Southeast devt commission

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The Senate yesterday passed for third reading a bill for the establishment of the South-East Development Commission

After the consideration and adoption of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service chaired by Sen Emmanuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa).

The purpose of establishing the commision is to take care of the challenges facing the southeast zone, comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.

The senate stated that the funding for the commission, would come via one percent of the ecological funds due to the five states in the zone.

The commission would function as the North East Development Commission (NEDC), which was established via an Act of the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The bill is expected to be sent to the House for concurrence after which it would be transmitted to Buhari for his assent.

Sen Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia), chairman of the South-East Caucus in the Senate, appealed to Buhari to sign the bill into law while speaking to newsmen.

He said the president should endeavour to sign the bill when it eventually gets to him so that the South-East zone would witness some developmental progress.

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