By Ali Abare Abubakar
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako has said that his committee alongside that of Establishment Services will jointly hold a public hearing on the North East Development Commission Bill next month.
In a statement signed by Nyako and made available to journalists in Abuja, said the public hearing will allow stakeholders and the general public make their inputs to the Bill before it would be passed, adding that the two days public hearing will commence on the 9th and 10th of May , and is expected to receive support from Nigerians and beyond which would serve as a guide for the establishment of the Commission.
He said that the North-East Development Commission when established would serve as a hub for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the North-East zone, through the recovery and peace building assessment plan, the Presidential Initiative for North-East (PINE) and the States Transformation Strategy Plan.
He also explained that the NEDC master plan is hoped to be achieved within the next ten years, with a functional security department.
The senator therefore called on the International Agencies, and contributors to make inputs that would see to the actualization of the NEDC just like the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC , which would be given legislative backing to ensure that funds are judiciously used .
PDP NEC meeting: Don’t leave our party, leaders tell defectors
By Ahmed Abubakar
The acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibril has appealed to those advocating leaving the party to stay.
Sen. Jibril stated this yesterday during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP at the party’s national secretariat.
He said, “Many of us whom are the founding members of the PDP will not leave the PDP and the PDP will never die.
“We will continue to be in PDP whatever mistake is there we might be there to correct it and make our contribution.
“Leaving PDP is not the answer, I will like to appeal to everyone who intends to leave the PDP should stop that, we must unite and all work together in order to build PDP. PDP is within a very good marking and I do not think I See anything wrong with PDP.
“Every party has its own problems and we should use our own problems positively. Am sure soon the whole problem in PDP will be resolved” Sen. Walid Jubril said.
The deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu said that the “PDP is the only party in Nigeria that we can say belongs to everyone and belongs to no one”.
According to Ekweremadu, “the time is now for us to make sacrifices, the time is now for us to make compromise so that the party will remain strong, so that Nigeria will be able to trust us again in 2019.
“The responsibility for this belongs to all of us. Hopes that the schedule of our congresses and convention will be religiously followed”, he stated.
The NEC is meeting ahead of its national congresses that will adopt the resolutions of committees of zoning amongst others.