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Bill for integrated rural community development agency passes 2nd reading in Senate

NEWSMAN, Abuja – A bill for an Act to establish National Integrated Rural Community Development Agency on Tuesday, scaled second reading at the Senate.

Leading debate on the general principles of the bill, Sen. Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) said the bill seeks to address developmental challenges in rural communities by improve the living conditions of the people in a sustainable manner.

“The major objectives of this bill is to give our rural areas a boost in terms of infrastructure development as well as improve the living standard of the people. These will be achieved through the establishment of the agency with the specific function of fostering community environmental and ecological sustainability”.

Oduah said critical infrastructure and services, like water, energy and telecoms were lacking in rural communities. Noted that the bill would help evolve measures to mitigate high poverty rate in rural areas, Vanguard reported.

‘‘The agency, when established, would evolve and implement policies and programs in the areas for self-sufficiency in food production’’.

Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger), also said that the non-application of integrated approach in solving rural challenges had been a major problem over the years.

This, he said had resulted in massive poverty in rural communities.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo -Agege who presided over plenary referred the bill to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development for further legislative inputs to report back in four weeks.

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