BREAKING: Senate Picks Maiduguri As North East Development Commission Hqtr

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The North East Development Commission Headquarters will be based in Maiduguri, Borno State, the epicenter of the Boko Harama insurgency, Senate said on Thursday.

This followed Senator Sam Egwu-led Committee report presented at the plenary.
The report also recommended that 3 percent of VAT should  be dedicated to the North East Development Commission.
SPYNigeria  recalls that on June 15, 2016, there were arguments and counter arguments on the floor of the Senate as the bill to create North East Development Commission was debated amid clash of interest as to where the headquarters should be located.

Though the bill was overwhelmingly supported, but Senators of North East extraction were mostly conscious of where the proposed Commission should be cited.

Debate on the Commission followed the presentation of the report by Senator Abdulaziz Muqtada Nyako (APC), Adamawa Central, having concluded with the report at his Committee level.

“Mr President, Distinguished Colleagues, I wish to present a report by the Special Duties on North East Development Commission, that the Senate do consider the report of the Commission,” he submitted.

The first reaction by Senator James Manager was on a non-clear cut mode of funding, noting that the Commission was going to be a full fledged administrative structure that requires adequate funding.

He sought for adequate funding so that the intention of the Commission would not be defeated.

However, Aliyu Wakili in his contribution pointed that there was no recommendation on the report as the location of the Commission’s Headquarters, advising that it should be cited in Bauchi or Gombe State.

In a counter argument, Senator Abubakar Garbai (APC), Borno Central explained that Borno State was the epicenter of Boko Haram crises, hence, it was appropriate that the headquarters of the proposed Commission be located in Maiduguri.

“Mr Senate President, Distinguished Colleagues, I want to explain that Borno State was the most hit in the spate of Boko Haram crises, and if the headquarters is cited in Maiduguri town, the better for government and the people,” Garbai explained.

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