By Odumodu Gbulagu
Why can’t the Federal Government prioritise national development rather than continue to set up regional intervention agencies?
In Murtala Nyako’s note calling for the establishment of NEDC in 2015, there was no tangible reason adduced for the establishment of the commission.
He only reeled out statistics that the North-East of Nigeria has the worst socio-economic conditions in the country.
That the zone has the highest rate of poverty in Nigeria, highest number of out-of-school children in primary and junior secondary school, and low percentage of candidates with five credits and above including Mathematics and English.
Are the reasons enough to establish a regional development commission?
Is it sane to establish a body that will take care of the rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation, reconstruction and sustainable development of a Zone ravaged by insurgency which the end is not in sight?
Wouldn’t it be right if other regions call for the establishment of intervention and development agencies too?
After the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, the 3 Rs were rolled out by the government, and it was meant to be used to rebuild the Southeast.