109 Senators To Contribute N300,000 Each For IDPs

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109 Senators of the upper legislative chamber have agreed to donate N300,000 each to alleviate the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in all camps in northeast Nigeria.

The senate also expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in the North East ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency, despite funds and supplies released to ameliorate conditions of the IDPs.

Motion on North East will examine why we are losing so many of our children under 5 years to this extreme conditions in affected areas
Motion on North East will examine why we are losing so many of our children under 5 years to this extreme conditions in affected areas [Twitter]
The agreement was made immediately after the senate concluded deliberation on the Mounting Humanitarian crisis in the North East.

In a motion on Tuesday, Bashir Gabai, a senator from Borno central, recalled that on November 17, 2015, the senate raised the amount proposed by the executive in the budget for IDPs from N6bn to 10bn, in recognition of the magnitude of the crisis.

See more details on the outcome of senate meeting via tweets below:

Gabai alleged that “rather than use the money appropriated for the IDPs and the northeast to ameliorate the problems, the focus of the disbursement so far made has been used to feather other interest”,

He therefore called on the senate to constitute an adhoc committee to ascertain how much had been released to the presidential initiative on the northeast and how these funds had been utilised from inception to date.

He also asked the senate to investigate the diversion of grains and other food items meant for IDPs from strategic grain reserves.

After a debate on the motion, the senate agreed to do more than just investigate by donating money to the IDPs.

Take note! The Senate is the upper house of the National Assembly of Nigeria. It consists of 109 senators: the 36 states are each divided in 3 senatorial districts each electing one senator; the Federal Capital Territory elects only one senator.

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