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Reps. reject bill seeking to create south – east development commission

Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Thursday, rejected a bill seeking to establish the South East Development Commission, SEDC.

The bill was rejected with a shout of “nay,” after a voice vote was held.

Some lawmakers who contributed to the debate said the timing of the bill was wrong and proper consultations were not made before it was presented for consideration.

A minority leader of the house, Leo Ogor who had earlier supported the debate, said, “This country needs to be restructured. We cannot continue the way we are going.

“The bill is a good step in the right direction. I appeal with all that the bill be considered.”

Opposing the bill

Sunday Karimi, a lawmaker from Kogi, said some of the south-east states were already part of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the establishment of a south-east “will be too much.”

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Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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