OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the federal government to immediately commence infrastructural works in Bama/Ngala/Kala Balge areas of Borno to ameliorate the worsening humanitarian crises affecting close to 800,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The House also resolved to mandate the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to seek avenues of strategic collaboration with development partners so that they will continue to provide humanitarian services to the people affected.
In another resolution, House urged National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to expeditiously provide relief materials for the returnees into hitherto ravaged communities.
The following resolutions were sequel to a motion moved by Mrs. Zainab Gimba (APC, Borno) on the urgent need to address the worsening plight of IDPs who are suffering untold hardship getting the basic needs of livelihood like food, shelter and clothing.
Zainab Gimba said that the Boko Haram terrorism precipitated a massive humanitarian tragedy on a scale only comparable to Nigerian civil war and arguably the worst of any man-made or natural disaster in Nigeria’s history.
She disclosed that most returnees of Bama have gone through traumatic experiences which have affected their physical, emotional and mental well being which required rehabilitation.
The lawmaker however acknowledged the efforts of Borno State government through the support of the security agencies in providing shelter, medications, clothing and foodstuffs but called for increase support to avert humanitarian crisis.
The motion was adopted and referred to the committee on Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Initiatives on North East and North East Development Commission to ensure compliance.