Senator tasks wealthy Nigerians on plight of IDPs

The senator representing Sokoto East senatorial district, Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir, has appealed to wealthy Nigerians, corporate bodies and other public spirited individuals on the urgent need assist Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various locations across the country.

Gobir, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, made the appeal while donating food items and relief materials to some IDPs in various communities within his senatorial district.

According to the lawmaker, assisting the needy in the various communities with gainful employment and provision of amenities could go a long way in reducing hunger and desperation that sometimes lead to crime in many communities.

Senator Gobir had, a few weeks ago, co-sponsored a motion on the floor of the Senate, calling on the federal and state governments to take decisive actions against armed banditry and kidnapping in Sokoto and Zamfara States.

Specifically, Gobir and his co-sponsors of the bill had also sought the intervention of the relevant federal and state agencies toward the welfare and safety of victims of kidnapping and banditry in the two states.

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Documents made available by one of his aides, Mohammed Bello, indicated that Gobir awarded contracts worth millions of naira for the construction of boreholes in some communities within his constituency.

The project, which the aide said was still ongoing, is expected to cover as many communities with little or no access to potable water.

Similarly, the senator was reported to have donated relief materials to IDP camps spread across Isa, Sabon Birni, Goronyo local governments in the Sokoto East Sokoto senatorial district.

Some of the items donated included N500, 000 to each of the three local governments, 50 bags of rice each and 50 bags of millet each. The three local governments also received 200 pieces of wrapper each.

Urging the IDPs to remain law abiding and to make judicious use of the items, the lawmaker urged the authorities and relevant government agencies to ensure that the environment was save enough for the IDPs return to their ancestral homes.

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