Wednesday, 13 October 2021 06:46

Reps Okay Creation Of South-West, South-East Devt. Commissions

The House of Repre­sentatives has given its backing to the es­tablishment of South- West Development Commis­sion (SWDC) and South-East Development Commission (SEDC).

The lawmakers also ap­proved special financial support for the revamping of the Nigeri­an armed forces, all in three sep­arate bills which reports were laid and passed at the committee of the whole.

The approvals followed the consideration and adoption of several clauses and recommen­dations in three reports of bills seeking for the establishment of South-West, South-East Devel­opment Commissions and spe­cial fund for the armed forces.

Presenting the report of the Committee on Justice, on a Bill for an Act to establish South-West Development Commission, Hon. Ozurigbo Ugonna said the commission will, among others, be charged with responsibility to receive and manage funds, from alloca­tion of the Federation Account, including donations and gifts, the reconstruction and reha­bilitation of roads, houses and other infrastructural damages suffered by the region.

The commission, he said, is also saddled with the responsi­bility of execution of such oth­er works and functions, which are required for the sustainable development of the South-West states and its people.

 For South-East Develop­ment Commission, the report presented by the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Nkei­ruka Onyejeocha states that the commission will serve as a cat­alyst to develop the commercial potentials of the South-East.

According to the report, the commission is to receive and manage funds from allocation of the federation for the reha­bilitation, reconstruction and reparation for houses and lost businesses of victims of the Civil War, and as well address any other environmental or developmental challenges in the region.

For the armed forces fund, the Chairman, House Commit­tee on Defence, Hon. Babajimi Benson, explained that the bill seeks to provide special finan­cial support, training and mod­ern security equipment for the revamping of the Nigerian armed forces.



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