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Senate Promises Continued Engagement with Security Chiefs to End Killings in Benue

Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has stated that the senate would continue to engage security chiefs in the country for increased security for lives and property in Benue in order to ensure quick return of displaced persons to their ancestral homes.

He stated this last Sunday at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp Abagena, where he celebrated the 2018 Children’s Day with displaced children. Dr. Saraki said the senate would do everything possible to support security agencies including funding to enhance their activities with a view to ensuring renewed vigour among security personnel to face security challenges headlong. He noted that it was their responsibility as leaders to provide security, good healthcare and sound education for the children whom he noted were leaders of tomorrow, saying it was unfortunate the children celebrated their day in IDP camp. Speaking on renewed efforts by the National Assembly to enhance the quality of primary education in the country, the Senate President said the senate had passed a law reducing the 50 percent required as counterpart fund to access money from the Universal Basic Education Board, UBEC, to only 10 per cent to enable states access money from UBEC for the development of the education sector. While condoling the government and people of the state over the continued massacre and displacement of many in the state, the Senate President said he came to celebrate the day with displaced children in the camp as a show of solidarity with them in their predicament, expressing the hope that they would soon return to their homes to continue with their education. He commended Governor Ortom and his wife, Dr. Mrs. Eunice Ortom for their matured handling of the humanitarian crisis in the state and prayed God to give them the enablement to continue to do so, even as he charged leaders at all levels in the state to support the Governor at this critical time. Governor Ortom in a remark said out of the over 175,000 displaced persons in eight IDP camps across the state, 60 per cent were children and appealed that the National Assembly liaises with the executive to put end the killings. He acknowledged the untiring efforts of the Federal Government and security agencies in containing the crisis, noting that the support of the National Assembly to increase funding for the security agencies would also go a long way in boosting moral of personnel for better performance. The Governor tasked the National Assembly to enact laws that could promote peace, unity and development of the country.