The House of Representatives at Plenary on Wednesday passed for second reading a seeking the establishment of rural areas development agency with the responsibility of providing both economic and social sustainability of the local communities. The sponsor of the legislation Hon. Uchechukwu Nnam-Obi argued that only a functional and viable rural development agency can attract the much touted recognition of an autonomous local government.
He stated that if indeed democracy is focused on the people and government is seriously committed to the welfare and security of the citizenry, then a law should be enacted to establish a development organ that would be statutorily responsible for the provision of basic amenities for residents of rural areas. He added that the majority of the people dwell in the rural communities and yet lack the necessary resources to sustain their livelihoods.
Other members that commented on the importance of passing the Bill, said it is a wakeup call for those steering the affairs of governance to be alive to their primary duties enshrined in the Constitution. They decried the moribund state of most of the local government institutions that were intended to provide basic services to the advantage of the public. They urged the State Governments to do well to pay more attention towards the development and revival of all comatose structures within the local government system in the interim. The Bill was consequently passed for second reading and referred to relevant Committees for further legislative action.
In another development, the House resolved into Committee of the Whole to give final consideration to the Report of the Committee on Health Services on 'A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Protection, Promotion and Maintenance of Health for Proper Sanitation in Matters Relating to Housing, Food and Generally the Protection of the Environment and Control of Services, Activities and for Other Matters Connected Therewith (HB. 27).