Friday, July 22, 2016 11:52 am
The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to contribute N36 million to take care of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast.
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 Northeast.
Leading the debate on the motion, Zorro said that 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 News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House on Thursday adjourned for seven weeks recess.