OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday resolved to hold another security summit over the dire state of humanitarian crises in the country especially Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
This summit is different from the earlier scheduled security summit from the motion of the killing of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Leader of the Yoruba Group, Afenifere.
In a motion moved by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno), the senate noted that in recent times,134,000 people fled their homes over escalated attacks on Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states by Boko Haram and ISWAP leaving them displaced.
According to the UNOCHA, there are already more than 1.8 million IDPs in these states.
Ndume expressed worry that more than 7.1 million people need humanitarian assistance in the North East, 2.7 million need food and 1.1 million malnourished children need nutritional support in 2019.
He said Nigeria Humanitarian fund has raised US $70 million from 17 donor countries and private sector in Nigeria but “their efforts are over stretched and donor fatigue has started setting in.”
He cited an example where donations by International donor countries continue to reduce from $730 million in 2017 to $712 million in 2018 and $275 million (N96. 25 billion) in 2019.
The Borno Senator further lamented that the North East Development Commission established to address the issue relating to the humanitarian crises caused by the activities of the insurgents “is not adequately funded.”
“Out of the N10 billion takeoff grant approved by the President, and the N45 billion allocated in the 2019 appropriation act nothing has so far been released to the organization.” He said.
While approving the motion, the chamber resolved that a delegation to be led by the President by the Senate to pay a visit to the affected states.
It urged the Federal Government through the Ministry of Finance to release intervention fund allocated to Zamfara state in 2019 budget.
They asked the Executive arm of government to submit to National Assembly a supplementary budget to meet the funding gap that is required to address the crisis.
The National Emergency Management Agency was urged to maintain a demanding presence in the IDP camps.