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Senate Approves North West Development Commission

The Senate has passed the North West Development Commission (NWDC) bill aimed at addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by the seven states in Nigeria’s North West geopolitical zone. The bill’s approval followed the consideration and adoption of the report from the Committee on Special Duties.

Sponsored by Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin and 20 other lawmakers from the North West, the bill successfully passed its third reading on Thursday. Senator Shehu Kaka, Chairman of the Committee on Special Duties, emphasized that the bill is meticulously designed to drive the socio-economic development of the region.

The NWDC will focus on the states of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, and Jigawa. This initiative aims to address various developmental challenges and promote growth across these states.

Senator Kaka highlighted that the commission’s formation is a strategic move to streamline efforts towards improving infrastructure, education, healthcare, and economic opportunities in the North West. By fostering coordinated development, the NWDC seeks to uplift the region and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Additionally, plans are in motion to establish a South East Development Commission, reflecting a broader legislative effort to address regional disparities and promote balanced national development.

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