OrderPaperToday – The Senate has directed its Committee on Appropriation to allocate N10 billion from the Service Wide Vote for relocation and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states affected by Boko haram terrorism.
The Senate however cautioned that the disbursements of the funds should be monitored to ensure that the money was not embezzled and diverted.
The senate resolution followed a motion moved on Tuesday by its Leader, Ali Ndume and co sponsored by seven other senators.
The Senate also urged the Victims Support Fund to allocate a reasonable amount for immediate relocation and resettlement of IDPs in addition to the N10billion.
The Federal Government was also enjoined to release grains from the Strategic Grain Reserve to the affected states ravaged by Boko haram terrorism.
The National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) and the Refugee Commission were urged to make special arrangement for repatriation and resettlement of Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Niger and Chad.
Earlier, Sen. Ndume noted that the IDPs who were hitherto residents of the communities had lost everything they owned to insurgency.
He said most of the residents ran to neighboring counties of Niger, Chad and Cameroun and were now set to return home.
According to him, most of them have no source of livelihood, no income and no property to return to, hence the need for interim financial and material support for the returnee IDPs.
He said that many of those who had returned were dying on hunger as there was no food and the environment was lacking sanitation.
He said: “For the IDPs to return home, they need immediate and interim financial and material assistance in terms of cash transfer and food relief to start their lives all over.
“The require this intervention before the proposed advent of the North East Development Commission, Save the School Initiative or any other initiative or intervention.”