Ndume lauds as­sent to North East com­mis­sion bill

Weekly Trust - - News - Hamza Idris

Sen­a­tor Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), yes­ter­day ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for as­sent­ing to the North East De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (Es­tab­lish­ment) Bill, 2017.

Ndume, who ini­ti­ated the bill along­side other sen­a­tors and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers from the North­east, de­scribed Buhari’s as­sent to the bill as a “time­less gift” for mil­lions of peo­ple in the re­gion.

As an in­sti­tu­tion backed by law, he said the com­mis­sion would re­main the big­gest suc­cour for peo­ple of the re­gion be­cause their lives would be re­built through its ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The pres­i­dent has made my day by sign­ing the bill into law. It’s a mile­stone in the his­tory of my so­journ at the Na­tional As­sem­bly. The bill is very nec­es­sary and timely be­cause the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in the North­east is so hu­mon­gous that a com­mit­tee or what­ever out­side an in­sti­tu­tional frame work would not be able to ad­dress the short and long term chal­lenges posed by ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sur­gency,” he said.

The sen­a­tor who also thanked mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly from other parts of the coun­try said their sup­port would see to the restora­tion of nor­mal life in the North­east which is ad­judged to be one of the poor­est re­gions even be­fore the ad­vent of the Boko Haram cri­sis.

He said the com­mis­sion, which has the man­date of re­ceiv­ing and uti­liz­ing bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions and sup­port from na­tional and donor agen­cies, would not be taken over by politicians.

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