Speaker urges international community to assist in rebuilding North-east

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has called on the international community to increase its contribution towards the rebuilding of the country’s North East region affected by insurgency.

Mr. Dogara made the call on Saturday at Bajabure Internally Displaced Persons-IDP camp, Adamawa State in continuation of his tour of IDPs’ camp across the country.

The speaker, who consoled with the people affected by the insurgency, assured them that government will not rest until they return home.

“In this era of dwindling resources it will be difficult for the government to rebuild the region alone. We need the support of the international community. ‘Who wear the shoe knows where it pinches most’ and we are in a better position to tell these stories.”

He also commended the Nigerian security forces for decimating boko haram terrorists and recovering large swath of territories and communities in the last months and urged them to push on until all terrorists are routed.

Restoring peace
The speaker maintained that although the region is in dire need of development, peace must first be restored in order to provide the atmosphere for construction to commence.

“The reason why we are here is not just to bring you these relief materials. As a responsible government we know that the security of lives and properties is the primary purpose of government and so your security is utmost than the things we are presenting,” the speaker said.

While assuring that as the voice of the people at the national level, they will continue to draw attention of the global community to their plight, also disclosed that he will soon visit IDP camps in Maiduguri.

“Our decision was that we visit IDPs that are outside the theatre of conflict first and we have visited camps that are outside the North-East. This is the first time we are visiting an IDP camp within the north-east and hopefully sooner than later we will cap this exercise with a visit to IDPs in Maiduguri and we close the formal outreaches and the rest we will do in an informal way.”

The speaker donated relief materials to the four IDP camps in Adamawa state.

Receiving the relief materials on behalf of the IDPs, chairman of the camp, Mr. Madu Goni commended the speaker for the gesture.

The camp has about three thousand people out of which 1,338 are children among them 51 are unaccompanied children.