The Senate yesterday raised the alarm over what it called “mounting humanitarian crisis” in the North-East region while resolving to probe the alleged N1.3bn fraud by the Presidential Initiative on the
North-East, which is domiciled in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
Consequently, the Senate has constituted a 10-man Adhoc Committee under the chairmanship of Senator Shehu Sani to investigate monies released to the Initiative so far and as well the alleged diversion of grains and other food items from the Strategic Grains Reservers, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other sources for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East.
The Senators also resolved to donate N300,000.00 each to the IDPs’ welfare and probe the insignificant presence of the Federal Ministry of Health in the IDPs camps in the North-East even as the Red Chamber commended the international community and agencies for their assistance in the region.
The unanimous resolution followed the adoption of a motion titled “Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East” sponsored by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (APC, Borno) and 18 others at plenary yesterday.