Senate passes Bill to establish North West Development Commission

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The Senate on Thursday, May 16, passed a bill that seeks to establish the North West Development Commission (NWDC).

The upper legislative chamber passed the bill to establish the intervention agency following the presentation and consideration of the report of the committee on special duties, by its chairman, Senator Kaka Shehu, during plenary.

Shehu in his presentation, said the Bill was aimed at stimulating socio-economic development in the of the North West region of the country.

He said: “The intent and purpose of the bill is structured for the socio-development of the north-west geopolitical zone. It is recommended that the Senate do approve the bill.”

In his remarks, Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin who presided over the session, said the proposed law seeks to rehabilitate the infrastructure in the zone.

Barau said: “You are aware of devastation in the zone due to the activities of bandits and Boko Haram. The infrastructure is completely destroyed and this is the food basket of the nation.

“If we are serious about food security, we should pay attention. It is hoped that the report will now be taken — and the House of Representatives will give concurrence.”

After the establishment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC), other geopolitical zones commenced lobbying for intervention agencies and their commissions.

The NEDC was established following the devastation of the northeast region by Boko Haram insurgents.

There has also been an attempt to establish the South East Development Commission.

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