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Reps Pass South-East, South-West, North-Central, North-West Development Commission Bills 

House of Representatives

October 14, (THEWILL) – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed four bills seeking to establish a South-East Development Commission (SEDC), a South-West Development Commission (SWDC), North Central Development Commission (NCDC), and a North-West Development Commission (NWDC).

The report for the South-East Development Commission was  presented by the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who said that the commission would serve as a catalyst to develop the commercial potentials of the South East.

The SEDC Bill is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the South-East Development Commission to serve as a Catalyst to Develop the Commercial Potentials of the South East, 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 Address any other Environmental or Developmental Challenges; and for Related Matters.’.

While presenting the report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to establish the South-West Development Commission at  plenary, Hon. Femi Fakeye, said the commission would be amongst others be charged with the 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 SWDC Bill is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish South–West Development Commission charged with Responsibility, among others, 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 and the Need to Tackle the Ecological Problems and any other Related Environmental or Developmental Challenges in the South West States; and for Related Matters.’

The NCDC ‘ Bill  is titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish North Central Development Commission charged with Responsibility among other things to Receive and Manage Funds from Allocation of the Federation Account for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Roads, Houses and Other Infrastructural damages suffered by the Region as a result of the effects of the Communal Crisis as well as tackle the Ecological Problems and any other Related Environmental or Developmental Challenges in the North Central States; and for Related Matters.’

The NWDC Bill is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish North–West Development Commission charged with the responsibility, among other things, to receive and Manage Fund from Allocation of the Federation Account and International Donors for the Settlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Roads, Houses and Business Premises Destroyed by Multinational Crisis as well as Tackling Menace of Poverty, Literacy Level, Ecological Problems and any other Related Environmental or Developmental of Challenge in the North West State; and for Related Matters.’