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Saraki Seeks Help To Rebuild North-East

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 7:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ignatius Okorocha and Isuma Mark  –  Abuja


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, solicited the assistance of the International Community in the on-going efforts to end insurgency in the North-East.

The assistance would also support effort to rebuild the area and rehabilitate the people.

Saraki made the call at separate sessions he had with the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner, and his Spanish counterpart, Alfonso Barnudvo Sdbastian De Erice, who paid courtesy visits to him in Abuja.

He stated that the humanitarian situation and level of destruction in the area ravaged by the insurgents required urgent and wide support across the world.

He said it was clear to him, having led a delegation of the Senate to visit the IDPs camps in Maiduguri on Monday, for an on-the-spot assessment, that the Federal Government alone could not foot the bill for the total rehabilitation of the people and rebuilding of infrastructure damaged as a result of the activities of the insurgents.

His words: “As you talked about insecurity, particularly the insurgency in the North-East, it is a problem that we alone cannot tackle.

“A couple of days ago, some of us were there in the North-East, in Borno State, to see the effects on the entire community, particularly the Internally Displaced Persons – I think that it is clear that a large part of the North-East need reconstruction and rehabilitation, and I think this is an area where long term funding will play a role to help us in the infrastructure.”

The Senate President told his guests that apart from insecurity, the nation is looking up to developed economies like Germany and Spain in other sectors such as Agriculture, Mining, Health and Industrialization in order to bring the dividends of democracy to the populace.