Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara has called on well meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to assist those displaced by the insurgency in the North-Eastern Nigeria.
He was speaking when he visited Dagba Internally Displaced Persons-IDPs Camp in Abuja, where he presented malaria prevention items and clothing for women.
Mr. Dogara, who expressed gratitude to Malaria Care Foundation which donated the items to the IDPs, assured them of government’s commitment to return them to their respective communities as soon as possible.
He said,”So I call on other companies to come out and assist and render assistance. For us, as I said in Yola, the priority is not for us to keep you here and be donating items, these will never satisfy you, we know, even if we were to bring trailers and trailers of rice, your desire is to go back to your communities and that is what government is committed to doing. We want to thank the present administration for the war against terrorism which is the chief reason why the IDPs are here in the first place.”
The Speaker also commended the military for decimating boko haram insurgents and reclaiming territories in the last months.
He stated that, “This government is committed to doing this and we thank God that our security forces and gallant troops are fighting and they’ve been able to recover and reclaim all the territories that were under the control of boko haram and it is hoped that in no distant time we will be able to go back to our communities and that, I believe, is a message of hope which we should be delivering, not even these items.”
Mr. Dogara added that, “The ongoing war and the successes recorded which has resulted to some of the IDPs returning back to their communities and in Yola we are told that about 80,000 of our refugees in Cameroun are scheduled to be back and hopefully they will be taken back and resettled, not just resettling, but back to the communities where they were expelled on account of this insurgency.”
Country Director of Malaria Care Fundation, Yasemin Dalhatu said her organisation has been reaching out to IDPs in the country and that this time they donated 528,481 insecticide, 65,820 Mosquito Rambo Coil and 2000 cartons of Germicide among others.