Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial district and former governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji has stated that the essence of Southeast Development Commission bill was not about competition with any part of the country.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, he explained that the war ravaged Southeast deserved a comprehensive plan to develop infrastructure that were destroyed during the war.
According to him, the people of Southeast want to have a platform where they would contribute some percentages in order to address their own challenges.
“We are not competing with any geographical area, you all know the antecedent of Southeast. You know how the war destroyed the zone and we are saying this is what we want.
“Apart from that, they are fully erosion threatened; as I speak, some people have been displaced by erosion and other life threatening issues, so the Commission would help in tackling those challenges”, he added.
He explained that the Commission which will be self funded, would have little percentages of its federal allocation deducted monthly.
He also noted that pulling the bill through second reading in the Senate was a show of solidarity with the people of Southeast, hence, the development would deepen unity among Nigerians.