More funding required to cater for N/East IDPs, Sen. Abbo appeals Nigerian govt.
Updated: Aug 29, 2020
….says humanitarian needs in region remains dire
By Our reporter
Aug. 28, 2020- Sen. Ishyaku Abbo representing Adamawa (North), is appealing to the Nigerian Government to channel more funds to the Northeast for the feeding and upkeep of Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs), in the region.
Sen. Abbo made the during an oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Special Duties to the IDPs camps in Maiduguri.
Abbo who described the living situation at the camps as very pathetic said he had previously thought the budget for the IDPs in the Northeast was too high, but from what he could see, they require more funds.
“Before now, each time I hear officials saying billions of naira has been budgeted for feeding of IDPs, I get angry thinking the fund was too much.
“But from what I see today, and giving the large number of people I see here – poor women and children, I think the IDPs in the Northeast need more than what we have been appropriating for them.
“We don’t have any reason building roads or houses in the Northeast when people are dying because of hunger. I am a man of deep conviction; once I am convinced about something, I go all the way to support it.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should see this as a matter of urgent priority. If we build roads, reconstruct public infrastructures, and the people who are in the camp are hungry, then we have not achieved anything,” Abbo said.
Abbo noted that inspite of the huge support given to the IDPs, by the state, federal and humanitarian agencies, they are still in dire need of support.
Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, Executive Secretary of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) informed the senators that there were 50, 320 IDPs spread among 10,048 households.
Kolo said that food items were given to the IDPs through the monthly household food distribution system through NEMA.
She noted that other humanitarian organisations like the World Food Programme while SEMA provided the condiments.
The Committee led by Sen. Yusuf Abubakar, was in Maiduguri on oversight to the activities of the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).