Lawmakers to come up with legislation on IDPs

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives it to come up with legislation that would ease the living conditions of the Internally Displaced Person, IDPs living in various camps across the country.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said this during a visit to Maiduguri, Borno State, to assess the conditions of the displaced individuals in the State.

He said both the Executive and the Legislative arms of government are working assiduously to address the plight of the IDPs and thast the government was more committed to ensure that they were reunited with their families.

“We will work together as one government. We have come with principal officers of the House. That tells you the importance that we attach to this assignment, including the Minority Leader and opposition leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, is here.

That tells you that the issue of IDPs, the issue of terrorism is not an APC thing, it is a joint task between all parties, and Insha Allah (by the grace of God), this will become a thing of the past.

To all the internally displaced persons, all I can say to you is to keep hope alive, that government is here to support you, the government will do whatever it needs to do to make sure that whatever you’re going through now in a very not-too-distant future will be a thing of the past.” Gbajabiamila explained.

The Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum informed the lawmakers that security, reconstruction and resettlement are what the IDPs needed most, so that they can go back and start means of livelihood.

“I wish to express my profound appreciation to the Speaker and his entourage for the contribution they have made to the people of Borno State and indeed to the displaced communities of Borno State. What matters is not the quantum of what you have donated but the spirit behind it.

We will remain eternally grateful to you. As I have told you this morning, the demands of our people are 1: security, 2: reconstruction and resettlement so that they can go back home and start means of livelihood. On this note, once again, we remain eternally grateful to you.” Zulum said.

The Speaker accompanied by some principal officers of the House, including House Leader Alhassan Ado Doguwa; Chief Whip Mohammed Tahir Monguno; Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu, among others, donated a rice worth twenty million Naira to the IDPs as part of his assessment tour to all areas affected by insecurity.

 

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