Why Reps cre­ated IDPs com­mit­tee - Zorro

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­solve to cre­ate a stand­ing com­mit­tee on In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) be­cause it wanted the ac­tiv­i­ties of the af­fected per­sons to be ad­e­quately or­ga­nized, stream­lined and taken care of, Rep Sani Zorro has said.

The House had on Wed­nes­day adopted a mo­tion by Rep Em­manuel Yisa Ork­erJev (APC, Benue), which sought the cre­ation of the com­mit­tee.

Speak­ing to some jour­nal­ists in Abuja on the rea­son be­hind cre­at­ing the com­mit­tee, Zorro, who is chair­man of the House ad­hoc com­mit­tee on media, said the de­ci­sion was taken in or­der to pro­vide a le­gal frame­work for ex­pend­ing funds and reg­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal donor agen­cies in the North­east.

He said a sit­u­a­tion where NGOs troop into the North­east in the name of as­sist­ing vic­tims of in­sur­gency with­out be­ing cleared and prop­erly guided was un­ac­cept­able.

Ac­cord­ing to him, such donors must de­clare their re­sources, ar­eas of in­ter­ven­tion, plans, op­er­a­tional base among oth­ers.

In ad­di­tion, he said, the com­mit­tee would en­sure that such donors are duly reg­is­tered with the Na­tional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (NPC) for proper co­or­di­na­tion of their ac­tiv­i­ties.

The com­mit­tee, which is to have a mem­ber each from the 36 states of the coun­try in­clud­ing the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), will also over­see ac­tiv­i­ties of refugees and any ini­tia­tive on the North­east, which is rav­aged by ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sur­gents.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the com­mit­tee will over­see the Na­tional Refugees’ Com­mis­sion as well as re­late with mul­ti­lat­eral and supra-na­tional agen­cies with re­spect to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, re­con­struc­tion, re­cov­ery, re­set­tle­ment and de­vel­op­ment of the North­east states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Fed­eral Min­istry of Labour and Pro­duc­tiv­ity, Dr. Cle­ment Il­loh has af­firmed his min­istry’s readi­ness to sanc­tion em­ploy­ers that vi­o­late the Fac­to­ries Act Cap F1 LFN 2004 on Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health at work places.

While be­moan­ing the re­cur­rent is­sue of pre­ventable fa­tal in­dus­trial ac­ci­dents that re­sulted in in­juries and death of Nige­rian work­ers at Hongx­ing Steel Com­pany Lim­ited, Dr. Il­loh re­vealed that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has in­sti­tuted a high level en­quiry into the is­sue at stake.

He said that min­istry has in­vited the top Man­age­ment staff of Hongx­ing Steel Com­pany for a cru­cial meet­ing slated for Mon­day in Abuja.

He said that the meet­ing is aimed at con­clud­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the im­me­di­ate and re­mote causes of the ac­ci­dents with a view to en­sured full com­pli­ance to the Fac­tory Act 2004 and give the com­pany time frame to rec­tify all con­tra­ven­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions to en­sure ad­e­quate safety and health of em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tims of the in­dus­trial ac­ci­dents.

From left: Sec­re­tary to Public Com­plaints Com­mis­sion, Ha­jia Hur­era Has­san; Pi­o­neer Chief Com­mis­sioner of the Com­mis­sion, Al­haji Maitama Sule, and Reg­is­trar, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Com­mis­sion, Dr Bello Mah­mud, at the 40th An­niver­sary Re­treat of the com­mis­sion, in Abuja yesterday.

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