The South East Development Commission Bill has been passed for second reading by the House of Representatives in concurrence with the Senate.
The bill was passed during the plenary of the lawmakers presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun), on Thursday.
Lasun announced the passage of the bill on the floor of the House following a unanimous majority yes votes by the lawmakers.
The bill, as argued by Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), if passed would help the allegedly marginalised South East address issues of gully erosion ravaging the region as well as cushion the destruction caused by the civil war among others.
According Nkiruika Onyejeocha (APC, Abia) and Linda Ukeje (PDP, Abia) the bill is long overdue especially when one looks at the long neglect of the South East region of Nigeria.
The Senate had since passed the bill and referred it to the House for concurrence.