Senatorial candidate for Abia South on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sir Marc Inyanagbo Wabara, has praised the Senate for passing a bill for an Act to establish the Southeast Development Commission.
Sir Wabara, who made the commendation in a statement yesterday, said the bill, when signed into law would go a long way in addressing the infrastructural challenges in the Southeast.
The Senate had, few days ago, approved the South East Development Commission Bill which is intended to address the challenges of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.
The former bank chief executive noted with satisfaction that the issue of non-performance by some governors in the region will partially be eclipsed by the developmental strides which, he hoped, the Commission would make when life is given to it by president of the country.
He decried the poor state of infrastructure in Abia State, stressing that with the monthly allocations of the state, its internally generated revenue in the past eleven years coupled with the bail out funds made available to the state by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, it was inconceivable that the state could barely pay workers’ salaries.
Wabara said though the current government interventionist agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)and the Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ASOPADEC) have not done much to alleviate the sufferings of the people of Abia South, he was optimistic that the South East Development Commission would be run differently as the APC would have taken over governance in Abia State by the time the Commission comes into being.