By Denen Achussah
Group, known as Middlebelt Academics and Professionals (MAP), is pushing for support for enactment of the bill for the establishment of North Central Development Commission (NCDC).
The group, while appealing to stakeholders to ensure speedily passage of the bill salutes Sen. Abba Moro, the sponsor of the bill.
National Coordinator of the body, Dr. David Wayas, says in a statement that Sen Moro has “the full backing of the Middlebelt Academics and Professionals.”
Asserting that now is the right time for the actualisation of the commission, Dr. Ways says “MAP is most grateful to the current Senate for considering this very important bill.”
According to the group, “North Central has been devastated by insecurity and there is an urgent need to rebuild the zone.”
MAP’s argument is that “despite the abundant solid minerals and Agricultural viability in the North Central Nigeria, incessant herders attacks, banditry, kidnapping destruction of homes/farms and killings have indeed crippled the economy and sociocultural heritage of the good people of the zone.
“We are grateful to Sen. Abba Moro and the current Senate for standing in support of this very important legislative step. The bill was read for the second time after a voice vote. It was then referred to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service matters.
“North Central geopolitical zone has much to contribute to the economy of Nigeria. What we need is to explore and utilise the potentials found in Benue State, Plateau State, Nassarawa State, Kogi State, Kwara State ,Niger State and FCT.
“We need the support of other federal lawmakers and state governments in the region to ensure that the proposed commission come true just like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC). We humbly appeal to Mr President to make this happen under his watch. It is our believe that NCDC will help restore the dignity of our brothers and sisters within the zone.
“As a group of intellectuals and Professionals founded on the premise of justice, fairness, peace and development, we are happy to call on all concerned parties to give this bill a desirable support.”
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