Reps ask FG to of­fer money for Chi­bok girls

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yesterday called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to of­fer fi­nan­cial in­duce­ment for in­for­ma­tion about the where­abouts of the ab­ducted Chi­bok girls. But the law­mak­ers who said this may lead to the res­cue of the girls did not fix spe­cific amount for the of­fer.

The law­mak­ers also urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to setup a con­trol/sit­u­a­tion cen­tre that would be manned by a spe­cialised team drawn from the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS), the army, po­lice and air force.

The sit­u­a­tion room, ac­cord­ing to the House, would be ded­i­cated to the sole aim of the ab­ducted girls’ search and to be giv­ing Nige­ri­ans the pe­ri­odic feed­back about the quest.

The res­o­lu­tion fol­lowed a mo­tion by Rep As­abe Vilita Bashir, who rep­re­sents Chi­bok/Dam­boa con­stituency.

Rep Bashir in­formed the House that fam­i­lies of the miss­ing girls and Nige­ri­ans had been ad­e­quately briefed of any res­cue plan and were, as a re­sult, “con­se­quently liv­ing in unimag­in­able agony, not sure if there are any ef­fort be­ing made to res­cue the girls.”

She un­der­scored the need for the miss­ing girls to equally have a right to life, free­dom and dig­nity as pro­tected by the fed­eral

fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Upon the adop­tion of the mo­tion, when put to vote by the Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara, the House then en­joined the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment to pub­lish the re­port of the Pres­i­den­tial fact find­ing com­mit­tee on the ab­ducted girls.

They equally want a fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the par­ents of the ab­ducted girls to cush­ion the hard­ship and trauma they have been grap­pling with since the ab­duc­tion.

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