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Senate approves creation of poverty commission

By Segun Olaniyi, Abuja
18 November 2016   |   4:55 am
The Senate yesterday passed for third reading a bill for the establishment of a National Poverty Eradication Commission (NPEC).
Nigerian Senate. PHOTO:nta.ng

Nigerian Senate. PHOTO:nta.ng

Air Force technology institute bill scales third reading
The Senate yesterday passed for third reading a bill for the establishment of a National Poverty Eradication Commission (NPEC).

Sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (APC, Kano Central), the bill would provide legal and regulatory framework for policies and programmes of government aimed at eradicating poverty.

Kwankwaso said previous initiatives such as the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) failed because they lacked legal and regulatory framework.

He explained that the bill would strengthen the efforts towards eradicating poverty in the country, stressing that the commission would coordinate and monitor all activities under this scheme.

According to him, the bill would also provide technical expertise and sensitise all levels of government and organisations on poverty eradication.

He said the bill would also assist in reviewing policies and monitoring the provision of social amenities for the poor nationwide.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki said: “Eradicating poverty is the responsibility of government and establishing a commission on this was a right step.”

Also yesterday, the Senate passed for third reading a bill for an Act to establish the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Duro Faseyi (Ekiti North) while submitting his report explained that the institute would serve as a centre of research and innovations.

He added that this development has made the institute which has been existing as a vocational outfit to become a tertiary institution with mandate to run full National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Aerospace Technology Management and allied courses.

He said other African countries would benefit from the institute, hence the need to support its establishment with an act so that its certificate would be recognised globally.