Senate Approves North-West Development Commission

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The Senate has passed the North-West Development Commission (NWDC) Bill into law, to address the challenges facing the seven States in the North-West geopolitical zone of the country.

This followed the consideration and adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Special Duties on the Bill.

The Bill to establish the interventionist commission was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, who represents Kano North senatorial district and 20 other Senators from the seven States in the North-West geopolitical zone.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Shehu Lawan Kaka (APC, Borno Central), moved the motion for the presentation and consideration of the committee’s report, while Senatoe Ireti Kingibe (LP, FCT) seconded the motion.

Presenting the committee’s report, Senator Kaka said the intent and purpose of the Bill were well structured and strategically streamlined for the socio-economic development of the North-West geopolitical zone of the country.

He added that the commission’s establishment would bring the federal government closer to the North-Western states and meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

He, therefore, urged the Senate to pass the Bill accordingly.

When the Bill was put to voice vote by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, who presided over the plenary, Senators present unanimously supported it.

In his remarks, Senator Barau commended his colleagues for supporting the passage of the Bill.

When established, he said the commission would address the challenges facing the geopolitical zone and, by extension, the country at large.

Describing the North-West as the food basket of the country, he said the commission, when established, will work towards the restoration of infrastructure destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents and bandits in the region.

“So if we are serious about ensuring we have food and for food security to be attained in this country, we must provide the necessary infrastructure for all our key sectors to thrive well.

“This commission is needed. I commend you all for supporting this; no one said no. Everybody supported this idea. So, now we are pushing the Bill to the House of Representatives for their approval (concurrence) and then to Mr President for assent,” he said.

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