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Commission Begins Distribution Of Food, Other Relief Materials To IDPs

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The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced persons (NCRMI) yesterday began the distribution of assorted food and non-food relief materials to thousands of Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) in Taraba State.
The Federal Commissioner of the NCRMI, Senator Basheer Mohammed, presented the items to the representatives of various IDP camps in Jalingo for onward distribution to their members.
Mohammed, represented by Alhaji Sudangi Jubrin, the Administration Officer of the commission, told the IDPs that President Muhammadu Buhari was concerned over their welfare.
“Mr President directed NCRMI to provide you wit these materials. We are also here to begin housing projects for IDPs the country.
“President Buhari has empowered NCRMI to construct resettlement cities for displaced persons in the country.
“The project, which consists of 600 units of two bedroom flats with schools, worship and skills acquisition centres, has already began in the pilot states of Borno, Katsina, Zamfara and Edo,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Paniga Binga, the Taraba Commissioner for Special Duties and Humanitarian Affairs commended the commission for the gesture.
Binga, however, appealed to the federal government to expedite action on the return of displaced persons to their homes.
“Taraba has 31, 460 IDPs and over 15,000 refugee. We need logistics and security support to ensure they return home safely”, he said.
Items donated include refrigerators, generators, rice, maize, millet, gari, palm and vegetable oil among others.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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