Lawmakers investigate North-East donor funds diversion

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Aids, Loans and Debt Management and IDPs and North East Development to jointly investigate the alleged diversion of donor funds meant for Internally displaced persons in the North East.

The resolution of the House followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance presented before the house by Ali Isa, a member from Gombe State.

The lawmaker, while moving the motion on the floor of the House on Thursday noted that a number of international communities and donor organisations had publicly declared monetary support for the rehabilitation of IDPs in the North East but the IDPs were left in hunger, very deplorable and unhygienic conditions.

“Both the Federal Government, local donor groups as well as wealthy individuals have committed funds for the same purposes. Worried that despite all the donations, a large number of these IDPs are living in hunger, very deplorable and unhygienic conditions without any rehabilitation insight. There are series of allegations of diversion of the donated funds meant for the well being and welfare of IDPs.” he said.

The lawmaker lamented that some civil society groups and nongovernmental organisations claiming to be working for the interest of the IDPs are doing contrary.