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Lawmakers lament living conditions, infrastructure in Borno IDP camps


People walk on July 26, 2019 at the unfinished Mohammed Goni Stadium in Maiduguri where internally displaced persons from other congested IDP camps have been moved due to increased influx of people fleeing from Boko Haram attacks in from rural areas around Borno State. – Boko Haram’s decade-long conflict has killed 27,000 people and displaced about two million from their homes in northeast Nigeria. The violence has spread to nearby Niger, Chad and Cameroon, with the affected countries forming a regional military coalition to fight the group. Boko Haram fighters have abducted huge numbers of women and children across the region. (Photo by FATI ABUBAKAR / AFP)

The House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), led by its Chairman, Hon. Igariwey Enwo, on Friday, during a visit to some IDPs in Borno State, lamented the horrible living conditions in IDPs camps and host communities.

Speaking during the visit, Enwo disclosed that the National Assembly would adopt the ‘Kampala Convention’ to overcome challenges of living conditions in camps. He added that the committee would also partner with relevant agencies in returning IDPs to their communities in Borno.

“By Parliamentary practice, we came to see. The next thing is to do our report,” he said.

The report, according to him, is to find lasting solution to challenges confronting the living conditions of IDPs in camps and their infrastructure.

He stressed that good sanitation, housing and basic necessities to life, which IDPs are entitled to in camps are very important, saying even though the people are displaced from their communities, they have not lost their rights as citizens.

According to him, the Kampala Convention will provide a holistic approach to the issues of IDPs in the country.

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