Speaker commends Oslo Summit

Lawan Hamidu

Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The summit of World leaders in Oslo, Norway in which donors are pledging $672 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Northeast Nigeria has been commended.

The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara gave the commendation in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

The summit’s host country, Norway, led efforts by pledging $192 million of the $672 million promised by international donors.

The organisers said further contributions were expected later this year from the United States and United Kingdom.

According to the statement, the Speaker was heartened by the initiative and collective will of spirited leaders and donors across the world to tackle food crisis in the Northeast for the next three years.

“This is a welcome development and I will use this medium to once again reiterate our call for the convocation of a bigger Donor Summit that will see to the rebuilding and rehabilitation of the region,” the statement reads.

Legal framework
According to the statement, the National Assembly will set up solid and permanent legal framework to manage the resources realised during the summit for the development of the region.

The food crisis summit was convened to fashion ways to stump up funds to prevent food crisis in the North-east, thereby preventing a re-occurrence of the famine in Sudan.

The event was hosted by the Norwegian, Nigerian and German governments and the UN, to bolster relief efforts in the next three years.

This year’s global humanitarian appeal for Nigeria, at present 1.8% funded, is at an early stage, last year’s appeal is only a little more than 50% funded.

The UN and humanitarian agencies say “$1.5 billion is needed to cater for about five million people”.

Mr Dogara has been in the forefront of the campaign for convening of a donor conference for a total rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Northeast, whose people and livelihood, mainly agrarian, have been destroyed by long activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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