Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The House of Representatives, Thursday, mandated its committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Aids, Loans and Debt Management and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and North East Development to jointly investigate an allegation of diversion of donor funds meant for IDPs in the region.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion on matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Ali Isa.
The lawmaker, while moving the motion on the floor of the House, noted that a number of international communities and donor organizations has publicly declared monetary support for the rehabilitation of IDPs in the north east.
“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 wellbeing and welfare of IDPs”, he said.
He also lamented that some civil society groups and non-governmental organizations, claiming to be working for the interest of the IDPs, are doing contrary.
Also contributing to the motion, Hon. Johnson Agbonayima, said the situation of the IDPs is disheartening and a disgrace to the nation adding that corruption must be stopped in the country so that the north east can be rebuilt.
The motion was adopted by the House after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.