The House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of government and the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to liaise with their Cameroonian counterparts
to provide security and relief materials to the Nigerian refugees who are currently in
Fotokol, Kusuri and Garwa. The refugee were reported to have fled to Cameroon following
the takeover of some local government areas of Borno state by insurgents. The local
government areas include Bama, Ngala and Kala-Balge. The resolution followed a motion
moved on the floor of the House by Hon. Abdulrahaman Abba Terab.
He insisted that contrary to earlier reports that the LGAs were reclaimed by the Nigerian
government, they are still under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents. Hon. Terab
further revealed that about two hundred thousand persons mostly women and children who
fled Nigeria are now facing all sorts of abuse, torture and forced marriage in their host
communities. He added that more manpower and security measures should be provided to get
rid of the insurgents.
Meanwhile, a Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, provide
engagement of Nigerians in Diaspora in policies, projects and participation in the
development of Nigeria and for the purpose of utilizing human, capital and material
resources of Nigerians in diaspora towards the overall socio-economic, cultural and
political development of the country, was read the third time during Thursday’s sitting.