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Dogara seeks better funding for IDPs in 2016 budget

The Speaker of the House Representatives, Hon.
Yakubu Dogara has urged the Presidency to make
adequate budgetary provision in 2016 for the
resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs)
in the country.

He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to
forward a bill to the National Assembly for the
ratification of the Kampala Treaty on Internally
Displaced Persons for ratification.

The Speaker, made the call in his remarks at the
sensitization workshop on the role of the
parliament in addressing the challenges of IDPs in
Nigeria, organized by the House Committee on
Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) Refugees, and
Initiatives on the Northern East Geopolitical Zone.

It was also done in collaboration with United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

About N80 billion has been garnered by the
Presidential Committee on Boko Haram Victims
Support Fund headed by T. Y. Danjuma, according
to the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, who spoke at
the recent 2015 Inter parliamentary Union held in
Geneva, Switzerland.

He said: “Permit me to place on record, the
appreciation of the House of Representatives of the
efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to
end terrorism and return our IDPs back to their
respective communities. In particular, the inclusion
of N5 billion in the 2015 Supplementary
Appropriation Bill just submitted to the National
Assembly, for victims of terrorism for which IDPs,
form a major part, shows responsiveness on the
part of Mr. President.

“Of course, we will expect even more support in
the 2016 Budget Proposal. In this regard, we solicit
the continued cooperation and support of our
development partners, UN Agencies, Multilateral
and Bilateral Partners, international and National
NGOs, International Foundations, International
Funds, Development Banking Institutions and
Agencies, such as World Bank, IMF, African
Development Bank, etc. The private sector
organizations and Companies in Nigeria cannot be
left out in this effort. We know they are doing a lot
already. We thank them for their commitment and
efforts so far while hoping that they will do more.
“Today’s event offers the opportunity to restate the
fact that there is no adequate legal framework for
handling issues of internal displacement. Even
though Nigeria at the Executive level has ratified
the African Union Convention for the Protection
and assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in
Africa (Kampala Convention), it has not yet been
domesticated by the Legislature.

“Therefore, permit me to call on Mr President to
transmit to the National Assembly, an executive bill
on this and indeed other relevant treaties for

“However, as legislators, we have primary
constitutional responsibility to make laws for the
peace, order, and good government of Nigeria, and
we shall in the exercise of this constitutional
mandate soon be left with no option but to
introduce a Bill to domesticate the all important
Kampala Convention, if for whatever reason the
executive is unable to send the required Bill.”

Dogara said the House is currently processing a
Bill to consolidate the anti-terrorism legislations
into one document for ease of use and reference,
and that the National Assembly has always
supported all budgetary requests from the
Executive to fight terrorism.

Chairman of the House Committee on IDPs,
Refugees and North East Initiative, Sani Zorro, in
his speech noted that the over two million IDPs
scattered across the country in different camps are
faced with “substandard facilities, most of whom
are women and orphaned children, with hunger
and malnutrition as the common denominators
that define their lives.”

Statistics from the UNHCR showed that 68 percent
of IDPs in Nigeria are children and there are so far
about 60,000 births in the IDP campaigns across
the country.

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