Senate sets up committee to investigate alleged diversion of fund; material for IDPs

The Senate has yesterday inaugurated the Ad Hoc Committee on Humanitarian crisis in the North East with a charge to investigate the alleged large scale diversion of fund and relief items meant for Internally Displaced Person camp in the North East.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki while inaugurating the committee expressed concern at the high level of suffering, hunger and malnutrition in the IDP camps where he said that government
coordination of the humanitarian activities and support has been poor.

Saraki charged the committee which has two weeks to investigate the alleged diversion of funds and relief efforts not to cover up for anyone indicted in the corrupt practice irrespective of their
positions in government.

“The committee should get to the root of the matter, make necessary recommendations on how our humanitarian activities can grow and in doing so they should make sure there are no cover ups.”

The Ad Hoc Committee Chairman, Senator Shehu Sani earlier condemned the exploitation of IDPs by some individuals as alleged, as sitting on blood money, and warned that the committee will stop at nothing to get to the root of the matter. He assure Nigerians that its members will do a thorough job in finishing out who is involved in the act which he equally described as a disservice to humanity, just as he also stressed that Nigerians will appreciate the report that the committee is going to come up with.

Senator Sani who frowned at the diversion of and grains meant for suffering IDPs where more than 4 million people including kids are getting malnourished due to acute shortage of food, noted that “Senate cannot fold its arms and look the other way while Nigerians suffer”. He added further that the practice cannot be allowed to continue as the committee will conduct a public hearing that will involve every stakeholder in the matter.

 

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