The Nigerian Civil war ended close to fifty years ago, but the South East region and the Igbo land felt shortchanged and also they haven’t been made to feel reintegrated. Over the years successive government have either overlooked the region or downplayed it’s importance. This narrative will be changing soon with the passing of South East Development Commission Bill which was spearheaded by Senator Ike Ekweremadu and others and supported by other senators.
Speaking on the bill, Senator Ike Ekweremadu used his social media pages to thank Nigerians in this epoch making bill. In his words , he said “I thank my colleagues in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for passing the South East Development Commission Bill today. Senators Samuel Anyanwu and Stella Oduah sponsored the Bill.”
He added that “The Bill, when it eventually becomes law, will bring on board the South East Development Commission to serve as a catalyst for speedy and cohesive development in the region. It will help the region to address its peculiar challenges, especially in the area of socio-economic infrastructure.”
“Therefore, this is a quantum leap towards the development of the South East region and ensuring a sense of belonging and justice to all”, he concluded.
This bill would make the Igbo ana South East region of the country to be pacified and carried along. Nigerians have considered this bill as a good move in the right direction aimed at resting the “frayed nerves” of the region.Most importantly, the bill has the capability and capacity to leap frog the region to an industrial hub which the Igbo are noted for and possibly bring the Obuaku/Azumini inland port project to life.
Anthony Emeka Nwosu