THE Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to tackle developmental challenges in the riverine areas by establishing Riverine Areas Development Commission 2021.
The bill which was passed during its plenary in Awka yesterday saddles the regulatory commission with the responsibilities of receiving and managing funds allocated by the state government, local and international donors, for the interventions, resettlement, and rehabilitation of farming activities.
Speaker Uche Okafor read out the Bill in a committee of the whole before it was passed by a voice vote.
According to sponsor of the bill and Member Representing Ogbaru II Constituency, Sir Somtochukwu Udeze, the bill empowers the commission to reconstruct roads, houses, businesses, regulating investments of victims of perennial flooding in riverine areas.
Udeze also said that the Bill will tackle the menace of illiteracy, poverty, and other developmental challenges in the areas and equally stipulates that riverine areas are part of Anambra State that are situated within and around the major rivers of Niger and Anambra rivers and their major tributaries of Ezichi and Ezu