Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
In the bid to cushion the sufferings of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara yesterday donated food items and clothing materials and pledged the commitment of the House to end the Insurgency raging in the North East.
Dogara who stated this while on a visit to the Wassa camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja, said as leaders who enjoyed the votes of the people, “we cannot sleep over your plights in the camps.”
The Speaker said his mission was to personally appraise the living conditions of the IDPs living within the FCT, with a pledge to reach out to the camps outside the nation’s capital as soon possible as a palliative intervention.
Details of items donated by the Speaker for the four Abuja IDPs camps include; 250 bags of rice, 550 bags of maize, 600 bags of millet, 200 cartons of Indomie noddles, 80 bags of sugar, 250 bags of beans, 100 bags of table salt, 100 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 700 units of Super Print wax and 700 units of brocade material.
Dogara reiterated that as a way of permanently addressing the challenges of IDPs and refugees, a law to create a special agency to that effect was underway, and was receiving accelerated attention of both houses of the National Assembly.
Responding to the Speaker’s gesture, Chairman of the Wassa camp who received the items on behalf of other camps, Hamman Bukar commended Dogara for sharing in their pains, as he prayed for God’s reward of his kind gesture.
He further appealed to the Speaker to see that amenities like portable water, schools, hospitals and others, which were lacking in the camps are urgently provided to ease their pains.