The senator took a stand unflinchingly on the importance of the South East commission bill at the inauguration of the Coalition of South-east Youth Groups were she spoke. She went further to explain the importance of this bill to the South east, sighting the economical importance of ndi igbo noted by their patriotism and investments across the country. The senator further elaborated that ndi igbo have not had their fair share in the ”Nigerian Enterprise and could put their loyalty in question, thus the importance of this bill.
”Loyalty is sustained by trust and commitment. The Igbo deserve commitment and attention. They deserve a South-east Development Commission. Though this may not be an end, it is a means to it.
As of today, the south-east is the region with the least federal government presence – in terms of projects. The region grapples with ecological problems, bad roads, poor electricity, unemployment and decrepit infrastructure.
It is also the region with the least appointment in the federal government. Besides other factors, the neglect of the region fuelled the recent agitations for an independent state by some groups.”
The Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Princess Stella Oduah stressed that the bill is all about creating a commission that will provide and implement a roadmap for the development of infrastructure and social services in the south east consisting of five states – Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo. Certainly laying appropriate groundwork for massive infrastructural development in the region.
”Last year, I supported a bill seeking the establishment of the North-east Development Commission because it was the rational thing to do as a Nigerian. The region is in dire a need of reconstruction owing to the impact of terrorism.
I believe the south-east, which suffered the ravages of a civil war that are still visible today, needs urgent infrastructural attention. It is in dire need as well.
With the signing of the South-east Development Commission bill, a process of healing will have been initiated for the Igbo. I think it will be the beginning of healing for the people when their region is given due federal government attention.
The Igbo need a sense of belonging in a country they have invested so much in and even given their lives for.” She asserted..