Zamfara: Senate demands 10-year special fund, votes N10bn for IDPs

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has resolved to urge the National Assembly to make a provision of N10 billion in the 2019 appropriation bill as intervention funds to cater for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other persons affected by crises in Zamfara State.

The state has been buffeted daily by activities of armed bandits resulting in increased loss of lives.

A peaceful protest was staged over the weekend in a bid to propel President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive actions on the killings.

It was on this basis that Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara) raised a point of order requesting again the intervention of the federal parliament.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, commended Marafa for constantly keeping the chamber informed on the insecucity problems in Zamfara State.

He added that: “Most media houses have offices in Zamfara, the nation was not aware of what was going on in Zamfara State.

”Measures taken so far on security in the nation are not long-lasting. We have to come up with permanent solutions.”

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his remarks noted that the chamber needs to look at the cause of the problem and proffer long-term solutions.

Saraki continued: “I think we did that yesterday trying to strengthen the failing of the Police and what we have before us, the Police Reform Bill which will be laid today.

“The sooner we pass that, it would help us in addressing this issue and more importantly, is that we must still go back to what a lot of us have been advocating here, there is need for us to have State or Community police because its a way forward.

”Otherwise, we will continue to run into these problems. On the area of oversight, there is a lot also that we need to do to ensure that we hold the security agents accountable and we need to move very fast this year.”

Part of the prayers approved by the chamber commended “Nigerians who irrespective of culture and religion came out in numbers to show solidarity to the people of Zamfara State.”

It also resolved to set up an ad-hoc arrangement to be known as “Presidential Initiative of Zamfara with a 10 year lifespan to manage the funds and subsequent allocations.”

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