S’East Dev Commission Bill to address dev challenges of Ndigbo – Ubah

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By Tony Oraeki, Awka

The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Chief Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah has expressed appreciation towards the efforts of the Senate for passing the South-East Development Commission Bill.

In a statement signed by the Senator yesterday and made available to newsmen in Awka, Anambra state, described the bill as a positive step towards addressing the developmental challenges of Igbo region.

He said, “On Tuesday March 5, 2024, at the floor of the Nigerian Senate, I relied on Order 42 of the Senate Standing Rules to appreciate the upper chamber for passing the South East Development Commission Bill which I introduced to the present 10th Senate after which it passed First Reading on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 as SB.129.”

“I further commended the Senate for working tirelessly to ensure that the Bill process was not discontinued after its First Reading and for diligently working to ensure its passage.

“In my further appreciation to the Senate on behalf of the South East Senators and Honourable Members, I highlighted the importance of the South East Development Commission Bill in addressing the developmental challenges faced by the South East region of Nigeria, and emphasized the need for targeted interventions to promote economic growth, infrastructure development, and social welfare in the region”, he said.

The Senator had further said that, the importance of the bill would not only put the perceived marginalization of the South East to an end but would also when signed into law, enable the south east zone to benefit directly from federal government intervention programmes which are already being enjoyed by other zones like the South South and North East through the Niger Delta Development Commission and North East Development Commission respectively.

According to Senator Ubah, “The present federal government is committed to the development of various regions of the country and I am confident that the Senate would prioritize the implementation of the Bill when signed into law and would also ensure that the Commission is effectively established and empowered to fulfill its mandate.