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NIGERIA: Lawmaker Advocates Resettlement for Boko Haram Victims

There is need to set up resettlement camps for displaced victims of Boko Haram insurgency in safer places, the member representing Bama, Kala-Balge and Ngala federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. AbdulRahman Terab said yesterday.

Terab in an interview with journalists insisted that the state of emergency declared in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have not brought the situation under check as all the required cocktail was not included.

The lawmaker said: "There is no gainsaying that a calamity has befallen those of us from the north east due to the insurgency. However it is the growing case of internally displaced refugees, inability to farm and poor access to medical care as well as education that has assumed the front burner in the humanitarian crisis in the region."

He added that: "We have expected that the state of emergency declared does not only stop at deployment of security forces, but also rebuilding, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the destroyed communities.

"Now that the population of the internally displaced persons is growing, we expect both the state and federal governments through their refugee and relief agencies to set up camps in secure locations where these services will be provided."

He stated that this will go a long way to ensure adequate information. "This will enable us to have valid statistics and information about those affected and the types of support needed."

The lawmaker said the responsibility of resettling those affected by the crisis should not be left to government alone, insisting that: "The international community too and NGO’s also have a responsibility to provide aid and support in stemming the crises and even the eventual establishment of the camps."

On his contribution towards this, Terab said: "I have recently sponsored a motion on the floor of the House which demands the intervention of the National Refugees Commission and the Border Areas Development Commission in the establishment of camps in the affected areas."

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