A woman displaced by Boko Haram has told the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, that Internally Displaced Persons are shortchanged by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
She made the allegations during Mr. Ekweremadu’s visit to an IDP camp.
The lawmaker told the displaced persons living in various camps in Adamawa state that the government will ensure their quick return to their homes.
He said this Wednesday at the National Youth Service Camp in Damare, near Yola, the capital city.
“We at the senate will give all the necessary support to the executive to bring back succour to the displaced persons”
“We are here to see for ourselves and not only advise the executive, but to ensure that monies meant for the rehabilitation of affected people (are approved).”
The Deputy Senate President also added that Nigerian government has been assured by the military that Boko Haram insurgency will soon end.
Mr. Ekweremadu said, “your quick return and your welfare is a major concern of government and we are all working very hard to make you comfortable”.
Let me also tell you that all the structures destroyed by the insurgents will be reconstructed by federal government.
Earlier the NEMA coordinator, Sa’ad Bello, told the senators that the agency was taking good care of the IDPs and that 80 per cent of the IDPs were willing to go back to their homes. He, however, added that social amenities must be made available before the leave for their houses.
But an IDP quickly cut Mr. Bello short and shouted, “It is a lie. We are not well taken care of. We only eat twice daily and it is always rice”.
“They sell the material brought to us. They also buy cows with money meant for our upkeep, please we want to go home,” she said.
The NEMA coordinator, Mr. Bello, in defence described the woman as mad.
Meanwhile, a senator representing Adamawa North, Binta Massi, has adopted one of the IDPs that lost all his relations to Boko Haram.