Senate President visits IDPs camp in Abuja

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

President of the Nigerian Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki has assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some parts of the country that government will continue work to ensure their security, social and economic well being as well as safe return to their homesteads.

Senator Saraki, who said the government will not forget the displaced persons, was speaking when he led a Senate delegation on a visit to the IDP camp at Kuchigoro, near the Games Village, in Abuja.

The delegation was received by the evangelist of the camp, Mr. Jude Kaghala and other leaders of the camp.

The Senate President also donated food items including rice and toiletries for distribution to inhabitants of the camp and said while the Executive was working in collaboration with the legislature to rehabilitate and resettle the IDPs in their original communities, it will ensure that their life is made better on a daily basis.

“We have not forgotten you and we will not forget you,” Saraki said.

“We will continue to work to ensure that you return to your individual villages and towns. But while you are here, we will ensure that your life is made better everyday.

This is why we decided to come and identify with you, to know how you are coping and to comfort you. We share your pains and we are doing what needs to be done to make your towns and villages habitable once again. We will make sure you live a better life.”

Senators that accompanied the Senate President on the visit to the Kuchigoro IDPs camp, include Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, Philip Aduda, Abubakar Kyari, Mohammed Hassan and Baba Kaka Garbai.

Earlier the Evangelist of the Camp, Mr. Khagala thanked the Senate President and his team for the visit and the food items and toiletries he donated for use by the IDPs.

He promised that the rice, soaps, deodorants and body spray he donated will be evenly distributed among the IDPs, especially the pregnant women and children. He said the food could not have come at a better time than this Ramadan period.

Praying for the Senate President and his delegation as well as donations of items to alleviate their plight, the evangelist called on other well-meaning individuals in  the society to emulate the Senate President’s kind and fatherly gesture.

“We are honoured to receive you in our midst today. We want to thank Mr. Senate President and all the distinguished Senators for this visit. We also thank the Senate President for the rice and all the other items he has donated to us.

We will distribute them to our people here to help them as they partake in the Ramadan fast. We cannot thank him and the Senate enough. We also thank you for the work the Senate has done in passing a bill to create the North East Development Commission. We pray the Almighty Allah to reward you,” Kaghala said.