The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, has again solicited Britain’s support in resettling people displaced from their communities due to attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East of Nigeria.
Speaking when he received Britain’s Minister of State, Baroness Joyce Anelay, in his office on Tuesday, Dogara urged Britain to consider convening a special aid conference for rebuilding the North East as was recently done for the victims of the civil war in Syria.
He added that as members of the global community, the displaced Nigerians deserve global security and support.
Dogara also thanked the minister of state for the tactical training and retraining of troops as it relates to the war against insurgency, as well as support through the DFID for the legislative process.
Lamenting the plight of orphans and displaced people across the country, he said, “we will like to seek assistance from Britain, explore the possibility of convening an international donor conference just like was done recently in UK for Syria; it will be able to help us resettle these IDPs.”
“We all acknowledge that Nigeria is part of the global community, we are global citizens. It is not only citizens of Nigeria that are caught up in this unfortunate incident, but we are global citizens so I believe that the global citizens ought to offer some kind of support and security as well.”
“We are winning the war against terror, the problem is managing these victories and we have to settle them as soon as possible”, he added.
The Speaker also said that the House of Representatives has been gender friendly and takes gender issues as priority, a proof of which is their headship and membership of committees of the House.
Responding, Baroness Analey noted the Speaker’s request, adding that she will convey his message to her home country.
“I hear so much from my colleagues and the secretary who have been here in the last year; they all come back with one message and that is to say that the people who are victims in any conflicts are the children. So I note the point you made and I accept.”
The British minister of state was in the National Assembly to promote gender issues.
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