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Reps To Raise N36m For IDPs, Proceed On Recess

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 at 6:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa


Abuja – The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to contribute the sum of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each, amounting to a total of N36 million to take care of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Northeast.

This resolution was adopted following a motion on notice by Hon. Mohammed Sani Zorro (APC, Jigawa), wherein the House said each member would contribute the said sum from their July salaries as their widow’s mite towards preventing what they called “an avoidable human catastrophe.”

Leading the debate on the motion, Zorro disclosed that over 50,000 malnourished children were currently facing imminent threat of death as a result of the acute nutrition-deficit and inhuman conditions under which they had been forced to live.

Zorro, who also chairs the House Committee on IDPs and Northeast Initiatives, added that the current hardship faced by IDPs called for serious concern, saying they lacked food, basic medical care, water supply and sanitation.

As a result, the House urged the federal government to consider the immediate adoption of a national policy on Internally Displaced Persons.

The green chamber also called on the federal government to immediately appoint a substantive federal commissioner for refugees, IDPs, migrants and returnees with a view to having a reference point of complaints regarding them.

The House further urged the federal government to deploy a sustained humanitarian protection and assistance protocol for effective, efficient and verifiable supply of food and non-food items to the IDPs in the Northeast.

The motion was unanimously agreed upon following question by presiding Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and subsequent voice vote.