House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the alleged diversion of donor funds meant for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East.
The House, therefore, mandated its Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness; Loans, Aids and Debt Management; IDPs, Refugees and Initiatives on North-East to investigate the source and disbursement of the funds.
The House resolution followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance on ‘Need to Investigate the Alleged Diversion of Donor Funds Meant for the Internally Displaced Persons’ sponsored by Hon. Aliyu Isa (PDP-Gombe).
Leading the debate on the floor of the House, Isa said despite the achievements recorded by the military in the fight against insurgency in the North-East, many IDPs were yet to return back to their towns and villages.
While acknowledging the efforts of the federal government, wealthy individuals, international community and donor agencies in their various contributions, Isa expressed concern that despite these measures, many IDPs were still living in deplorable conditions.
The lawmaker insisted that there was need to ascertain how some of these funds were disbursed and spent.
In his contribution, Hon. Ayuba Bello (APC-Borno) stressed the need for Nigerians to assist the IDPs financially and otherwise, adding that many of them keep dying on daily basis, as he also noted that the alarming situation had gone beyond what Borno State government and its citizens could handle.
Lending his voice on the motion, Johnson Agbonayinman (PDP-Edo) lamented that the plights of the IDPs in various camps were indeed a big disgrace.
The lawmaker wondered why someone or a group of people could be mean as to divert funds meant for IDPs, calling on all Nigerians to rise against corruption.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers also agreed to investigate and possibly avert job losses in the telecommunication sector.
This followed a motion moved by Hon. Diri Douye (PDP-Bayelsa).

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