Saraki Seeks Foreign Assistance To Rebuild North-East #Beekhaybee

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
on Wednesday solicited the assistance of the
International Community for the on-going
efforts by the Federal Government to end the
insurgency in the North-eastern part of the
country and thereafter rebuild the area as well
as rehabilitate the people.

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Saraki and Shettima
According to a media statement made available
to Naij.com by the media office of the senate
president made the call at separate sessions he
had with the German Ambassador to Nigeria,
Michael Zenner and his Spanish counterpart,
Alfonso Barnudvo Sdbastian De Erice who paid
courtesy visits to him in Abuja.
He added that such support would also
help bring succour to the Internally Displaced
Persons (IDPs) in the area while stressing that
the humanitarian situation and level of
destruction in the area ravaged by the
insurgents require urgent and wide support
across the world.
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He said it was clear to him having led a
delegation of the Senate to visit the IDPs camps
in Maiduguri on Monday for an on-the-spot
assessment that the Federal Government alone
cannot foot the bills for total rehabilitation of the
people and rebuilding of infrastructure damaged
as a result of the activities of the insurgents.
“As you talked about insecurity, particularly the
insurgency in the North-East, it is a problem
that we alone cannot tackle. A couple of days
ago, some of us were there in the North-East, in
Borno State, to see the effects on the entire
community particularly the Internally Displaced
Persons, I think that it is clear that a large part
of the North-East need reconstruction and
rehabilitation and I think this is an area where
long term funding will play a role to help us in
the infrastructure.
“Those places needed to be rebuilt. There are
no schools. There are no roads. The houses
have been destroyed and I think that the
international community can assist us by
providing funding that will allow us to begin the
rehabilitation and reconstruction of these areas.
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“I think this is an area I will like to you to focus
on and look at the opportunities. Things like
these have happened in other parts of the world
where international communities have come
together and provided a kind of long term
funding that will be required for reconstruction.
“It is clear that from our budget alone, it is not
possible for us to fund it and I think it is also
not right as leaders to continue to subject
Nigerians, both old, young men, mothers and
their children who have been in camps for
years to continue there and I think it is one area
that we will like to have your support” , he said.
The Senate President told his guests that apart
from insecurity, the nation is looking up to
developed economies like Germany and Spain
in the other sectors such as Agriculture, Mining,
Health and Industrialization in order to bring the
dividends of democracy to the populace.
Saraki assured his visitors of the commitment
of the 8th Senate to work closely with every
stakeholders in diversifying the economy.
In their separate remarks, the German
Ambassador, Mr. Zenner and his Spanish
counterpart, De Erice, commended the Nigerian
Senate for putting behind the earlier crisis that
bedevilled its take off adding that they will not
relent in working closely with 8th Senate and
the President Muhammadu Buhari’s
administration in achieving social, political and
economic stability.
Just recently, Mr Saraki is believed to have
decided to pacify senators loyal to Senator
Ahmed Lawan , with juicy committee positions.
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