Southwest Rep caucus announces passage of bill to establish South West Development Commission

Kunle Sanni

The House of Representatives from the South West region of the country has announced passage of a bill that would see the establishment of a developmental agency in the region.

The “Bill for an Act to Establish the South West Development Commission (HB.283)” was passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday, according to a statement issued by Taofeek Ajilesoro, Secretary, Southwest Caucus.

Chairman of the Southwest Caucus, James Faleke expressed his gratitude to his colleagues for their overwhelming support for the bill. He stated, “This bill represents a collective and multipartisan effort by all Members of the House of Representatives from the Southwest states. It underscores our shared commitment to addressing the unique challenges faced by our region and ensuring sustainable development.”

On his part, Ajilesoro, highlighted the broad support the bill received during deliberations. He commended the House for recognizing the urgent need to facilitate the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructural damages, and address various environmental and developmental challenges in the Southwest.

Deputy Chief Whip and Leader of the Southwest Caucus, Adewummi Oriyomi Onanuga added, “The establishment of the South West Development Commission is a crucial step towards equitable development. It will provide the necessary framework to tackle the infrastructural deficits and environmental challenges that have long hindered our region’s progress.”

The bill was thoroughly examined in the Committee of the Whole, where it received robust debate and consideration. All 33 clauses of the bill were voted on and approved, reflecting the commitment of the House of Representatives to address the unique needs of the Southwest region.

The passage of this bill marks a significant step towards equitable development across Nigeria. The Southwest Caucus remains hopeful for a swift concurrence by the Senate, enabling the bill to be enacted into law and commence its vital work in transforming the Southwest region.

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