Dogara urges international communities to redeem pledges
The Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara has called on the International Communities to redeem their pledges and commitments to the Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria.
This is to avert predicted humanitarian crises and help them return and settle in their respective communities.
Speaker Dogara stated this in Abuja on Monday when the Italian President of Chambers of Deputies, Mrs. Laura Boldrini paid him a working visit.
He said redeeming the pledges made at the International Donor Conference in Norway, will help in the government’s reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement process.
While soliciting for an increase in support and collaboration with Italy in the war against terrorism in the country, Mr. Dogara stressed the need of building strategic economic partnership to address trans-border crimes, terrorism and migration.
Mr. Dogara said that while the World has recognized terrorism as global challenge, collective efforts should be geared towards checking the menace.
To check the menace, Dogara, urged Italy to invest in the economy of Nigeria, stating, “the truth is that for us to deal with terrorism, Illegal migration, trafficking and cross border crimes, we have to address the issue of bringing prosperity to sister countries so that citizens are catered for and jobs are provided.
It is by investing in this country that we can provide the opportunity that can provide employment for the people who always want to risk all the dangers associated with migration. There will no motivation to engage in crime.”
The President of Italian Chamber of Deputies expressed her Country’s readiness to foster stronger Bilateral Cooperation with Nigeria to boost trade, parliamentary and Security between the two countries.
She also expressed willingness of Italy’s parliament to collaborate with its Nigerian counterpart to address the challenges of the displaced as well as the trafficking of people, especially young girls and women, to Italy.
Boldrini disclosed that 37, 000 Nigerians arrived Italy in 2016, reiterating her support to a “unified effort for both countries to check terrorism. Italy stands by Nigeria’s side to combat terrorism. We do appreciate your effort and believe that since terrorism is a threat to the entire world, we need to join forces in this regard. ”
The Italian lawmaker who expressed concern that UN agencies, working to provide aid for IDPs, are suffering for lack of aid stressed need for continues funding to get resources for those in need.
After taking the fifteen-member Italian Delegation round the House of Representatives Chambers, Speaker Dogara led them to the New Kuchigoro IDPs Camp where Mrs. Laura Boldrini promised to address the water and power challenges facing the displaced people at the camp.
The three day visit was part of the legislative diplomacy, being pushed by Speaker Yakubu Dogara since inception of the 8th Assembly.
This has resulted in creating parliamentary friendship groups between Nigeria and a number of countries across the world, some of which include China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, USA, Spain, Mexico, Britain among others.