President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government has been working hard to improve the South East area and put a stop to the risks of instability and erosion, as stated by Mrs. Chioma Nweze, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Community Development.
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According to Nweze, who revealed this in a signed statement that was provided to reporters on Saturday, the President is committed to bringing about previously unheard-of development in the area in keeping with his Renewed Hope Agenda, which calls for inclusive development across all zones without abandoning any part of the nation.
She went on to say that the area will benefit from further development, particularly if the Senate completes and enacts the South-East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (SB.129), which has passed First Reading.
She praised Sen. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, the legislator for the Anambra South Senatorial District, for bringing the South-East Development Commission Bill in the National Assembly.
Part of the statement says, “The bill’s reintroduction was appropriate at a time when the South East Zone is craving greater federal presence to enhance the region’s economic potential while confronting existential threats of erosion, insecurity, and educational decline leading to an increase in the number of out-of-school children.”
“Upon its establishment, the South-East Development Commission (SEDC) will be tasked with identifying the needs and priorities of our region and devising strategies to address them. This will be done in collaboration with state governments, local communities, and other pertinent stakeholders.” she continued.
In order to implement development projects, promote and facilitate investments in the South-East region, and work to attract both local and foreign investors, the Commission will have the authority to receive and manage funds from the federal government, international donors, and other sources. The Commission will also prioritize the development of critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and water resources. Additionally, the Commission will prioritize enhancing access to high-quality education and healthcare services, as well as promoting agriculture and other economic sectors in the region.