South-East Development Commission bill a response to 1967 Civil War – Senate caucus

Senators from the South-East, under the aegis of South-East senators caucus, on Wednesday described the passage of the South East Development Commission bill in the Senate as historic and a triumph over the long marginalisation of the geopolitical zone.

Leader of the caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who was flanked by others at a press briefing, explained that the bill would mitigate the sufferings occasioned by civil war between 1967 to 1970.

The caucus appreciated the 8th Senate for their understanding when the bill was presented by Senator Stella Oduah representing Anambra North Senatorial district and Samuel Anyanwu representing Imo East.

Abaribe said Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, further espoused reasons for passing the bill on the floor of the Senate, a situation he said, made it possible without hitches.

“We appreciate the 8th Senate for passing the South East Development Commission bill into law and as noted by one of our colleagues, the Commission would mitigate the sufferings occasioned by the civil war between 1967 to 1970,” the caucus said.

The group expressed optimism that the lower chamber would do the concurrence, while urging President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the bill.

“We urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to sign the bill into law

“We are optimistic that the House of Representatives would do the concurrence of the bill.”

The Bill was sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah representing Anambra North Senatorial district and Samuel Anyanwu representing Imo East Senatorial District.

Co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Oduah was not available as at the time of this report to further speak on the Bill.

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