On Thursday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would expeditiously approve the N895 billion supplementary budget announced by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.
As part of activities to commemorate the 9th Senate’s two-year anniversary, Lawan announced a ₦10m donation by the Senate.
He stated that the funds would be used to provide relief materials to internally displaced persons in Abuja’s Wassa Camp.
While speaking to the displaced persons, Lawan stated that the Camp was a result of the country’s security situation, which must be addressed by ensuring that the displaced persons return to their various homes.
He said, “The National Assembly has been doing all it could with the Executive arm of government to bring an end to the series of challenges of insecurity confronting the country.”
“The Federal Executive Council as reported in the media on Wednesday has prepared N895bn supplementary budget to be forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly for approval.”
“Over N700bn from the N895bn supplementary budget is earmarked for tackling all forms of insecurity problems in the country, the very reason the National Assembly will give it expeditious consideration and passage when received,” he said.
He added that the camp’s displaced residents are Nigerians with the same rights as other Nigerians.
“None of the people here wanted or wished to be here. They are indeed symptoms of insecurity we face. We must be able to give them food to eat. Their safety and Integrity must be ensured and protected.”
“On our part, as senators, we have come with N10 million worth of relief materials for them and urged all the relevant agencies to see to their upkeep from time to time, pending when the required normalcy and security are restored to their respective villages and settlements,” he added.”
Muhammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, said Wassa IDPs camp is one of 24 in Abuja.
He stated that a total of 26,000 displaced persons were being housed in the FCT’s 24 IDP camps.
“The WASA camp alone has over a thousand displaced people from Gwoza, Borno State,” he said.