The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government and indeed all those who have made pledges and donation in support of the commitment to rebuild the devastated North-eastern region of Nigeria due to the nefarious activities of insurgents to make good their pledges. The call which was came during plenary session on Thursday, September 28, 2016on the heels of a motion of matter of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Sheriff Muhammed who appealed to the Gen. T.Y Danjuma- led Committee on Victim Intervention Fund Raising for the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and reconstruction of the North-east, and the international Community and private individuals that made pledges to redeem their pledges especially now that the nation is in dear need of such assistance.
Members lent their voices in support of the motion, Hon. Uzoma Nkem Abonta informed that some traders from other regions of the country lost their goods, shops and properties as a result of the insurgency, but were not captured in the reconstruction plan of the government. Hon. Leo Ogor appreciated the Federal Government and the Armed Forces for gradually restoring peace and protection of public properties in the North-east and charged them to sustain the effort. Other members who contributed to the debate on the motion including Hon. Yusuf Buba advised that people’s culture and tradition should be factored-in when addressing the plight of the IDPs. He added that private houses which were destroyed should also be captured in the reconstruction plan, not just public properties. While others cautioned that the military must ensure that the insurgents have been completely decimated before any re-construction work begins.
The House also debated and passed for second reading a Bill by Hon. Chime Oji. The Bill seeks to establish a Research and Innovation Trust Fund, charged with the responsibility for imposing, managing and disbursing the research and innovation tax in Nigeria. Another Bill that enjoyed speedy passage for second reading was one which seek to provide for the installation security devices called Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in Business premises and other major malls, markets, religious structures, hotels, Government and semi Government Agencies, tourist attraction centres and Historical buildings, sponsored by Hon. Douye Diri and 8 others.