The Senate today at plenary commended the President, Muhammadu Buhari for his assent of the North East Development Commission Bill and commitment to the plight of the North East Region.

In a motion sponsored by Senator Danjuma Goje and co sponsored by 15 other Senators, the Senators also commended the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, leadership of the Senate and distinguished Senators for their support which would see to the restoration of normal life in the North East.

The Senate is aware that the establishment of the Commission is a direct response by the Federal Government to address the widespread devastation inflicted on the zone by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents which has been around for the past 8 years.

The Commission will provide an institutional framework that will ensure transparency, accountability and prudent management of funds that will build the confidence of Donor Agencies and Foundations towards assisting and funding projects of the Commission.

The Senators in their motion observes that the Commission will end the huge humanitarian crisis in the North East that no Committee or institution could have done within the short and long term range.

The Senators are convinced that as an institution backed by law, the Commission would remain the biggest succor for people of the region that is adjudged to be one of the poorest regions even before the advent of the Boko Haram crisis because their lives would be rebuilt through its activities.

The Senate therefore resolved to urge the Federal Government to make adequate financial provisions in the 2018 budget for the commission’s take off and that Donor Agencies continue to support the North East through the newly established Commission.

Charles Akpan
Head, Press and Public Relations

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