Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has reassured that Senate would take all necessary legislative steps to mobilise resources for the reconstruction of the north-eastern part of Nigeria and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the region.
He particularly said the upper house would ensure that adequate budgetary provisions and funds were made available to government to rebuild the houses of the IDPs who were victims of the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
Ekweremadu, according to a statement by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu, gave the assurance yesterday when he led a delegation of the Senate to visit IDPs camps in Adamawa State.
According to him, the North-East problems have wider negative impacts on every part of Nigeria, and therefore, must be collectively addressed them as a Nigerian problems.
He said the Senate delegation was in Adamawa to see the conditions of the people they represent, stressing that the delegation had “gone round and have noted with deep sadness the magnitude of destruction and human suffering engendered by insurgency in the North East part of our country.
“More important, we have come to bring you a message of hope – hope that insurgency will end in our country soon, hope that this is not your portion in life, and hope that you will soon return to your homes to live your normal lives again.
“We had highly useful and incisive discussions with the service chiefs on Tuesday. I can assure you that the Senate and indeed the federal government are determined to restore lasting peace and security to every part of the North-East.
“Once we return to Abuja, we will mobilise resources as a body and send support to you. We will also ensure that adequate budgetary provisions and funds are made available to government to rebuild your homes, to fix your schools, to fix your bridges, to fix your hospitals, and rehabilitate your homes so that you can live your normal lives. We must do these because you these are your entitlements as citizens,” he said.
Ekweremadu, who was obviously pained by the high number of internally displaced children and women, urged the young not to lose hope as they could still rise above their present challenges to achieve their dreams.
“Insurgency is a temporal setback; these camps cannot be the burial ground of your dreams. The Senate will support every necessary step by government to ensure that succuor returns to you in earnest to enable you return home to pursue your dreams,” he added.
The seven-man delegation made up of the Senate deputy majority leader, Senator Ibn Na’Alla; Senator George Sekibo, Senator Binta Garba, Senator Bashir Marafa, Senator Ahmed Abubakar, and Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi, visited Damari and Malkohi IDPs centres.
Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, for North-East, Sa’ad Bello explained that there were over 2,000 IDPs at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Damari, Jimeta, while the Malkohi centre housed 1,917 IDPs, mostly women and children.
There were also 54 unaccompanied children at the Damari centre, according to him.

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