OrderPaperToday– A bill for an Act to establish a National Poverty Eradication Commission has passed second reading in the Senate on Thursday.
Sponsored by Sen. Ibrahim Gobir ( APC Sokoto East), the bill says such a commission will be a more potent mechanism for eradicating poverty, unlike various other government agencies that had been established in the past with no enabling laws for their operations.
According to Gobir, unlike the National Poverty Eradication Programme( NAPEP) and similar agencies already established by the federal government, the proposed commission, would be backed with relevant laws as a statutory body vested with responsibilities of coordinating and monitoring all poverty-eradication activities in Nigeria.
He said the bill’s intent is for the commission to maintain a data bank on all poverty issues in the country and act as the only government agency for catalyzing resources towards removing poverty.
The sponsor of the bill also said the commission would also be made of five directorates to be headed by a Director- General under the general supervision of a Chairman and six other members from all the geo- political zones.
In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said that the bill was a welcome development.
According to him, for the commission to well funded, proper taxation should be put in place for luxury goods.