BY OBUTE JAMES
The Chairman, House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), Hon. Mohamned Umar Jega has lamented the state of IDPs in Nigeria describing it as pathetic.
In an interview with THE LEGISLATURE, Jega who is representing Alleto/Gwandu/Jega Fedederal Constituency of Kebbi State said his committee is going to take the necessary legislative actions that will address the challenges of IDPs.
“The state of IDPs is pathetic. We have over 2 million IDPs across the country due to the activities of insurgents in the North East, armed banditry in the North West and other man-made problems including natural problem like flood among others.
“Some of the children don’t know the whereabouts of their father, some women cannot locate their husbands.
“The National Refugees Commission is charged with the responsibility of taking care of the refugees but with the establishment of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management we will work together to see how best the issues of displaced persons will be addressed.
This ministry and the commission have defended their 2020 budget before our committee and we have called on them to judiciously used whatever that is appropriated with the view of tackling the challenges of the IDPs.”
On various allegations on misappropriation and misapplication of fund meant for the IDPs, he said his committee will investigate it.
On questions on how some of the displaced persons can go back to their permanent homes, Jega said “The issues of returning to their permanent homes can only be possible if there is absolute peace in the affected areas. They cannot even agree to go back if their security is not guaranteed.”