Saraki tasks EU on assistance to Northeast

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The National Assembly has called on the European Union to provide more security and humanitarian sustenance support to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North -East.

The call was made by Senate President, Bukola Saraki when the President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Pittella Gianni, visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja.

The Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, on behalf of the Senate President appreciated the efforts of the EU but added that the displaced persons needed assistance on feeding and resettlement.

According to a statement from the Senate President’s office, Saraki said: “The Boko Haram insurgency started around 2009, we have been able to receive a lot of support from EU in fighting the Boko Haram and to our delight, the situation has improved from what it used to be in 2014 and 2015. What we are battling with now is the humanitarian situation caused by the insurgency.

“This is particularly a sad situation. Millions of our people are displaced. What  we are battling today is to get these people back to their  respective communities and also to ensure that we provide sustenance for them and that is the other challenge.

“I want to use  this opportunity to urge the European Union to step up and give more support, especially in terms of security that would be required and I want to assure you that, we will do everything possible to ensure that whatever support we get from the EU or other bodies, is applied judiciously.”

In a bid to combat illegal migration and terrorism, the Senate President further sought the help of the EU  parliament as well  as to strengthen the rule of law and good governance in the country.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is determined  to enthrone strong democratic institutions to improve the rule of law and good governance in the country.

“We are glad to work with you to ensure we stop people from migrating illegally and as a Senate, we will ensure that while we get support from EU, we will also support the efforts of this administration in that regard,”

In response, Pittella Gianni said EU Parliament shares the pain of Nigeria as a nation and therefore would like to contribute to combat illegal migration through Foreign Direct Investment  into the economy.

Pittella however urged the National Assembly to address legal challenges as regards the inflow of FDIs by amending the relevant laws

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