By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a Bill for a law to establish the Riverine Areas Development Commission, 2021. The House passed the bill during last Tuesday’s plenary in Awka.
Fides reports that the Riverine Areas Development Bill seeks to tackle developmental challenges in the riverine areas of Anambra State.
The Bill saddles the Development Commission with the responsibilities of receiving and managing funds allocated by the state government, local and international donors, for the intervention, resettlement, and rehabilitation of farming activities.
It also empowers the Commission to reconstruct roads, houses, businesses, and regulating investments of victims of perennial flooding in riverine areas.
The proponent of the Bill, Hon Sir Somtochukwu Udeze, representing Ogbaru II State Constituency, said the Bill would tackle the menace of illiteracy, poverty, and other developmental challenges in the areas.
The Bill stipulates that riverine areas are part of Anambra State and are situated within and around the major rivers of Niger and Anambra rivers and their major tributaries of Ezichi and Ezu.
The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Uche Okafor, read out the Bill to the House, while the legislators supported it through a voice vote.