Boko Haram: Reps to contribute N36m to care for IDPs

The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to contribute N36 million to take care of Internally Displaced Persons in the North East owing to the activities of Boko Haram.The resolution followed a motion raised by Rep. Sani Zorro (APC-Jigawa), which was unanimously adopted by members through voice vote.

The House resolved that each member would contribute N100,000 from their July salaries.

It urged the Federal Government to consider the immediate adoption of a national policy on IDPs.

It called on the Federal Government to appoint a substantive Federal Commissioner for refugees, IDPs, migrants and returnees.

The House also urged the Federal Government to deploy sustained humanitarian protection and assistance/protocol officer for effective, efficient and verifiable supply of food and non-food items to IDPs in the North East.

Leading the debate on the motion, Zorro said over 50,000 malnourished children in the region were currently facing imminent threat of death.

He attributed the reason for the imminent calamity to acute nutrition-deficit and inhuman conditions under which the IDPs were forced to live.

The legislator pointed out that the current hardship being faced by the IDPs called for serious concern, adding that they lacked food, basic medical care, water and sanitation.

The House on Thursday adjourned for seven weeks recess. (NAN) 

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