Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, visited the Dagba Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Area 1, Abuja, where he presented malaria prevention items and clothing items for women.
Speaking to the IDPs, Dogara assured them of government’s commitment to returning them to their communities as soon as possible.
He also commended the military for decimating Boko Haram insurgents and reclaiming territories in the last months.
The speaker maintained that whereas he presented food items and clothing to most of the camps he visited across the country, however, it has become imperative to provide the IDPs with malaria prevention items.
He expressed gratitude to Malaria Care Foundation which donated the items to IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory and called on other spirited individuals and corporate bodies to emulate their gesture.
“We want to thank them specifically for changing the narrative, it has always been that we depend on government to provide things like this, it’s either we are depending on government, and if government doesn’t do anything; nobody does nothing, or sometimes we call on foreign nations to help.”
“So I call on other companies to come out and assist and render assistance. For us, as I said in Yola, the priority is not for us to keep you here and be donating items like these, these will never satisfy you, we know, even if we were to bring trailers and trailers of rice, your desire is to go back to your communities, and that is what government is committed to doing. We want to thank the present administration for the war against terrorism which is the chief reason why the IDPs are here in the first place.”
He once again urged the IDPs to be patient and hopeful as government is working to return them to their communities.
“The ongoing war and the successes recorded which has resulted to some of the IDPs returning back to their communities, and in Yola we are told that about 80,000 of our refugees in Cameroun are scheduled to be back somewhere in a camp in Yola that is being prepared and hopefully they will be taken back and resettled, not resettled, but back to the communities where they were expelled on account of this insurgency.”
“This government is committed to doing this and we thank God that our security forces and gallant troops are fighting and they’ve been able to recover and reclaim all the territories that were under the control of boko haram, and it is hoped that in no distant time we will be able to go back to our communities, and that, I believe, is a message of hope which we should be delivering, not even these items.”
“It is the failure of governance that drove you out of your communities to this place and everybody knows that even by our charter which is the Constitution, the primary responsibility of government is to secure the lives and properties of its citizens.”
“If the government had done that; we won’t be here today but we cannot continue to lament that failure, we will have to address this challenge because this is the challenge at hand this is the problem that we are faced with, we’ll confront it and there after ensure that through credible and responsible leadership those mistakes that resulted into this crisis are not made again.”
“In the House of Representatives, finally, we will be doing a Public Hearing on the establishment of the North-East Development Commission on Monday. I want to encourage the leaders of this IDP camp to be there on Monday, even if it is 2 or 3 of them, to be at that Public Hearing by 10:am at Hearing Room 028.”
” What we are trying to do is to ensure that we create a commission that will be responsible for the plight of the IDPs and the development of the communities they left behind so that when they go back, they go back to communities that have the needed infrastructure to support the IDPs that will return home. We believe that the best way we can do that is not through policies as currently being done, but through Laws and it is the responsibility of Parliament to make Laws and not that of the Executive.”
“So we are set to establish this North-East Development Commission so that it can immediately set out to begin to address the challenges that are confronting the IDPs.”
The speaker also disclosed that he would soon visit IDPs in Maiduguri, Borno State, in continuation of his tour of IDP camps in the country.
Speaking earlier, Country Director of Malaria Care Fundation, Hajiya Yasemin Dalhatu, said her organisation has been reaching out to IDPs in the country and that this time they donated 528,481 insecticide, 65,820 Mosquito Rambo Coil and 2000 cartons of Germicide among others.
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