President Buhari signed North East Development Commission bill into as commended by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
In his statement, personally signed by the Speaker, he commended President Buhari sensitivity to the plight of the highly traumatized people of the North East.
"I expect that the expeditious coming into force of the commission will remedy the long years of underdevelopment suffered by the region. The recovery and redevelopment of the zone devastated by terrorism is expected to last decades."
It will be recalled that the North East Development Commission establishment Bill was co-sponsored by the Speaker in 2015.
He had also moved a motion for which the House passed a resolution, calling for the recovery, resettlement, and rebuilding of the violence ravaged region and the convocation of an international donor conference for total reconstruction and rebuilding of the region.
The commission will among other things: coordinate projects and programmes within the Master Plan for the rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation, reconstruction and sustainable development of the North-East Zone in the fields of infrastructure, human and social services, including health and nutrition, education and water supply, agriculture, wealth creation and employment opportunities, urban and rural development and poverty alleviation.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara praised President Buhari for signing the bill into law.
Bukola Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the presidential assent as a “major development in the efforts by the present administration to restore peace and normalcy in the North East and making the harrowing experience of the people as a result of the insurgency a thing of the past”.