Kano and Plateau States failed to make the cut for states to gain from rehabilitation work to be done by the North-East Development Commission.
The Senate had on October 20 during the third reading of the bill included Kano and Plateau states as beneficiaries of the proposed commission. The commission, if established will be charged with the responsibility of rebuilding the North-East region after years of destruction by the Boko Haram insurgents.
However, during the consideration of the report of the conference committee Tuesday, Marafa and Gaya insisted that the two states be returned. Marafa called for the rejection of the conference committee, saying ” Kano and Plateau states suffered more damages than some states in the North-east. ” We should throw away these recommendations because they are not in tandem with our resolutions. Out of the 14 members of the committee, only five signed the report because of the injustice, “he said.
It was at this point that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki asked the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume who submitted the conference committee to shed more light. Ndume appealed that the report of the conference committee be adopted,saying Gaya in his bill on North East Development Commission did not include Kano.
Saraki put a question on whether the report be passed or not. Then the senators voted in its support. ” Let us move forward and come back to amend it. We will do it within the shortest period, “he said.