Reps advocate agricultural programme for IDPs

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The House of Representatives has advocated for a Comprehensive Agricultural Programme for the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs, returning to their respective homes in the North East.

According to the Reps, the federal government should provide fertilizer, farm inputs as well as Extension Service freely to those displaced by the insurgency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

Speaking while presenting the bill to that effect, Mr. Adamu Kumale said the programme was to facilitate total rehabilitation of the IDPs and improve on the country’s food security.

“The Internally Displaced Persons who are returning to their communities, have suffered losses and destruction of their farmlands and properties worth millions of Naira and cannot afford fertilizer and other farm inputs at the prevailing high cost in the market. If these categories of farmers are not assisted, they will not be able to procure them for the seasonal farming.” Mr. Kumale stressed.

Members unanimously commended the gallantry of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security personnel for winning the war on insurgency that paved way for the return of the IDPs.

Revenue Contribution

The House also urged the government to take decisive action to end un-authorized solid minerals exploration and violation of mining act 2007 by mining companies and individuals.

Sponsor of the motion, Mr. Lovette Idisi said the aim was to improve revenue contribution of the sector in line with government’s economic diversification.

Mr. Lovette added that “the NEITI/CBN Report indicated that the solid minerals sector in 2012 contributed about thirty-two billion Naira to the annual revenue for the country, whereas the country should be making as much as fifty trillion Naira annually if all the resources are properly tapped.”

The House also agreed to consolidate the bill to establish National Grazing Route and Reserve Commission and the bill to create Cattle Ranches across the country as part of measures aimed at ending perennial clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

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