Senate re-introduces South East Development Commission Bill 

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A bill seeking the establishment of southeast Development Commission has been re- introduced for passage in the Senate.

The SEDC Bill was sponsored by Stella Adaeze Oduah of the People’s Democratic party representing Anambra North. 

The bill titled, South East Development  Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 ( SB. 161)  seeks the establishment of a governing board for the commission which shall include one person for the other geopolitical zones in the country. 

The Bill, which scaled first reading Wednesday was earlier passed by the Eight National Assembly but was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

If passed, the law will provide a master plan for the reduction of unemployment while also providing the master plan and schemes to promote the physical development of the southeast. 

The Commission when established is expected to receive and manage funds from allocation from the federation for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and reparation for lost houses and business of victims of the Nigerian Civil War. 

The commission would also address any other environmental or developmental challenge and for related matters in the geo-political zone. 

Clause 15 (2a) of the Bill which identifies source of funding for the commission, stipulated that the equivalent of 10 percent of the total monthly statutory allocation due to the member states of the commission shall be from the Federation Account. 

The Bill also seeks the establishment of a governing board for the commission which shall include one person each from the other five geopolitical zones of the country. 




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