Senate approves establishment of North West Development Commission 

Sharon EboesomiMay 16, 20242 min

The bill which scaled third reading was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jibrin and 20 other senators from the seven states in the North West geopolitical zone.

Senate approves establishment of North West Development Commission 

The Senate has passed the North West Development Commission (NWDC) bill seeking to address the challenges facing the seven states in the geopolitical zone.

The passage of the Bill is a sequel to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the NWDC (Establishment). 

The bill which scaled third reading was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin and 20 other senators from the seven states in the North West geopolitical zone.

As he introduced the report, the committee chairman, Senator Shehu Kaka Lawan (APC, Borno Central), stated that the bill’s goals and objectives are carefully considered and strategically streamlined to support the socio-economic growth of the nation’s North West geopolitical zone. 

He continued by saying that the creation of the commission would satisfy the people’s desires and aspirations and bring the federal government closer to the North Western states. 

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Senator Barau, who was presiding over the plenary, put the bill to a voice vote, and all of the senators backed it.

Barau thereafter commended his colleagues for supporting the bill’s passage. According to him, when established, the commission would address the challenges facing the geopolitical zone and, by extension, the country.

He said, “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 and then to Mr President for assent.”

Sharon Eboesomi

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