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South-West Development Commission bill scales second reading in Senate

A bill seeking to establish the South-West Development Commission on Wednesday scaled second reading in the Senate.
The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Ibikunle Amosun (APC – Ogun Central), “is an attempt to address the dwindling fortunes of the South West region by implementing a regional development plan”, the lawmaker said.
According to him, “The Commission, if passed into law, will enhance regional integration which is capable of delivering the benefits of large economies of scale.”
He added, “The bill seeks to resolve issues of under development by redirecting Federal attention to the challenges of the South West region which comprises Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states.”
“Issues which include, but not limited to, Agriculture, transportation, Heath, infrastructural decay, education, environment, housing, industrialization, water supply, electricity, commerce, which when addressed will have a multiplier effect of great proportions not only for the South West region but Nigeria as a whole,” Amosun said.
The bill was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service for further legislative work.
The Committee which is Chaired by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC – Kano Central) is expected to report back to the Senate in four weeks.
Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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