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Speaker appeals for more funds to cushion IDPs

24 November 2015, 10:03Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has appealed for the support of international agencies and donors to assist victims of terrorism in the Northeast.

He solicited for assistance by development partners, United Nations agencies, multilateral and bilateral partners, international and non-governmental organisations as well as development banking institutions and agencies.

”The private sector organizations and Companies in Nigeria cannot be left out in this effort. We know they are doing a lot already. We thank them for their commitment and efforts so far while hoping that they will do more,” Dogara said during an advocacy workshop and launching of United Nations High Commission for Refugees-Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) handbook for parliamentarians at the national assembly complex in Abuja

 He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to end terrorism and return Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) back to their respective communities.

Also Read: IDP population rises to 2.2 m, says UNHCR

He said the inclusion of N5 billion in the 2015 Supplementary Appropriation Bill just submitted to the National Assembly, for victims of terrorism showed responsiveness on the part of President.

“We will expect even more support in the 2016 Budget Proposal,” Dogara said.

The Speaker assured that members of House of Representative were committed to placing the status of IDPs and resolution of the causes of displacement in the forefront of their legislative activities.

The Boko Haram terror has displaced more than 2 million people internally.

It has and killed some 17 000 people.

- CAJ News

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