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Reps Lawmakers reject bill to establish south-east commission

Lawmakers at the House of Reps said the timing for the South-East Development bill was wrong.

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Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have rejected a bill seeking to establish the South-East Development Commission.

Most lawmakers argued that the timing of the bill was wrong.

Others were of the view that there was no adequate consultation before the motion was brought to the House.

Minority leader, Leo Ogor spoke ins support of the bill is a step right direction.

"This country need to be restructured,'" Ogor said.

"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," he added.

Sani Abdul said the agitation to create the commission is as a result government's failure to its citizens.

"We should look at it holistically in other not to have a problem. We are worried, the timing of the bill with the agitation of Biafra is suspicious."

On his part, Sunday Karimi, a lawmaker from Kogi, said  that some of the south-east states were already captured in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the creation of a South-east "will be too much."

Sani Zorro, a lawmaker from Adamawa, said: "I won't be comfortable that at the end of the day we leave here with acrimony. In view of the debate we have had so far we should consult further."

The bill was rejected on Thursday, June 1, 2017, after a voice by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Meanwhile, the Senate today confirmed 15 out of the 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday, March 23, 2017, forwarded the names of 27 RECs to the Senate for confirmation.

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