House of Representatives yesterday in plenary urged the Federal Government and States of the North East to construct temporary camps and schools for Internally displaced persons (IDPs) and also re open regular schools formally when security agencies have confirmed that it is safe.
In a motion entitled “Urgent Need For The Government To Relocate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) From Schools in Borno State To Enable Schools Reopen” raised by Hon. Asabe Bashir raised in the green chambers noted that the Boko Haram Insurgency which has been ongoing since 2009 had at its peak led to the over running of 20 out of the 27 local governments in Borno State, killing thousands and displacing many.
“The government of Borno State had to resettle the internally displaced persons in schools, Hajj and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps, an action that led to the closure of schools for over one year now, leaving the students to be idling away and exposed to social vices, “Bashir said. She explained that there is the need for the Federal Government to assist the government of Borno State in rebuilding and rehabilitating the schools that were destroyed to enable them reopen.
While commending the efforts of Borno State Government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Red Cross, Individuals and charitable organisations, the law maker further urged NEMA and other relevant agencies to provide well equipped mobile clinics that would give prompt medical attention to victims of bomb blasts and the insurgents. The motion was unanimously agreed on by the House.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja