Senate President, Bukola Saraki yesterday led a delegation of the Senate to celebrate children’s Day in Makurdi with the Internally Displaced Persons at Abagen Camp with a donation of emergency classroom tents and clinics to ensure the future and wellbeing of the IDPs.
Dr Saraki who made the donations at the Camp during a symbolic presentation of eggs to some of the malnourished children in the Camp said, they decided to pay a solidarity visit to the government and people of the state to celebrate with the IDPs children as part of their concern, solidarity and love to the future leaders of the country.
The Senate President promised to do all he can as the leader of the Senate to ensure that the future of the children are guaranteed through quality education and healthcare services.
“There is nothing more important than the future of these children and it is our responsibility to make sure that the future of all Nigerian children, especially those that are in IDPs camps across the crises affected states are bright, because they are here not by their making or design.
Dr Saraki however disclosed that already the Senate had made a law to allow free education of children in the country from primary to secondary school to enable the children of the downtrodden have access to quality education.
While commending the Benue State government for its maturity in handling the humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the state, Saraki promised to continue to press the necessary buttons that will ensure that adequate security is provided so that they can go back to their communities.
“I know Benue State has lost a lot of people in this farmers/ herdsmen crises and as we condole with you today for this unfortunate incident, I want to assure you that we will not rest until you go back to your homes”.
In a welcome address, the secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Emmanuel Shior who applauded the Senate President for choosing to celebrate the children’s day with the downtrodden, disclosed that a total number of 24,044 children are displaced in the state.
According to him, these total population that are supposed to be the leaders of tomorrow are put out of normal education system, saying if something is not done fast the situation will pose a great danger to the country.
Presenting some of the malnourished children to the Senate President, the special adviser to the governor on food security, Dorcas Ukpe, disclosed that out of the 24, 044 children in the camp 23 per cent were malnourished and 33 per cent are stunted.
Responding, the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom who commended the Senate President for the visit urged him to use his powers as the Senate President to end the genocide being perpetrated on Benue citizens by the marauding Fulani herdsmen and also ensure the arrest and prosecution of Miyetti Allah who has persistently issued threats on the state at different fora.
‘I don’t think as the Senate President you will go back and allow this impunity to continue on Benue citizens again because the legislatures are there to make laws that will protect and guide the country, and that is why Benue State legislature also made the law that will regulate the activities of herdsmen in Benue”.
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