OrderPaperToday – Following the approval of N10 billion as intervention fund for Zamfara state, Senator Kabiru Marafa has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an ad-hoc committee to oversee the use of the money.
The Committee is to be known as Presidential Initiatives on Zamfara State (PIZAMS), with a 10 year life span.
It would be recalled that Senator Marafa had earlier appealed to his colleagues to grant this provision in the 2019 budget in order to address the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Zamfara state, occasioned by the nefarious activities of bandits.
In a statement by Senator Marafa, he thanked his colleagues at the both chambers of the National Assembly.
According to the Zamfara Senator, “the unfortunate and dark eight years of banditry (2011 to date) in Zamfara had conservatively led to the killing of over 11,000 male adults, leaving behind an estimated average of 22,000 widows (at 2 wives/person) and an estimated 44,000 orphans (at an average of 4 children/deceased).”
Marafa noted that in terms of casualty ratio and displacements, Zamfara State remains ahead of many states in the Northeast and Northcentral that are currently being given prominence by the mainstream media and the federal government in terms of recognition and assistance.
He pointed out that the intervention fund “will help in resettling the IDPs and other persons affected by the activities of the armed banditry, to cater for their general well being, provision of shelter, water, basic education, basic health care (especially for the wounded, children and rape victims) and others.
“With the provision of the N10bn by the National Assembly, Marafa urged the Federal Government to set up an Adhoc Committee to be known as Presidential Initiatives on Zamfara State (PIZAMS), with a 10 year life span.”
He called on the incoming National Assembly members from Zamfara state to maintain the tempo by ensuring that PIZAMS get a sizable allocation in the remaining nine years ahead.