Akpabio Declares End to Marginalization as Senate Greenlights South East Development Commission Bill

The Senate has approved the South-East Development Commission Bill, marking a significant step in addressing infrastructural needs and post-civil war reconstruction in the region. The bill, presented by Senate Leader Opeyemi Bamidele, has been passed after thorough consideration, emphasizing the commission’s role in managing funds from the Federation Account for the rehabilitation of infrastructure damaged during the Nigerian civil war.

The South East Development Commission (SEDC) will specifically focus on the states of Abia, Imo, Enugu, Anambra, and Ebonyi, addressing ecological issues and other developmental challenges. The commission, when established, will be responsible for conceiving, planning, and implementing projects in various sectors, including transportation, health, education, employment, agriculture, industrialization, housing, urban development, water supply, electricity, and telecommunications.

Senator Victor Umeh, supporting the bill, highlighted the potential for infrastructure development in the region since the end of the civil war. Senate President Godswill Akpabio emphasized the bill’s importance in ending the marginalization of the South East, expressing confidence that the commission would bring substantial development and address regional concerns.

With the bill’s passage in both chambers, a Conference Committee will be established to reconcile any differences before presenting it to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for assent. The establishment of similar development commissions for the South West and North Central regions is also under consideration, indicating a broader effort to address regional imbalances in Nigeria.


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