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Saraki seeks foreign assistance to rebuild North-East

SarakiSENATE President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has 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.

Saraki said that such support would also help to bring succour to the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area.

The Senate President, who made the call at separate sessions he had with the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner and his Spanish counterpart, Alfonso Barnudvo Sebastian de Erice, who paid courtesy visits to him in Abuja, stated that the humanitarian situation and level of destruction in the area ravaged by the insurgents require urgent and wide support across the world.

He said it was clear to him having led a delegation of the Senate to visit the IDP camps in Maiduguri on Monday for an on-the-spot assessment that the Federal Government alone could not fund the budget for total rehabilitation of the people and rebuilding of infrastructure damaged as a result of the activities of the insurgents.

Saraki said: “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.

Meanwhile, based on an appeal from Saraki for assistance in rebuilding the North-East region destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents, Germany has pledged to help Nigerian government rebuild infrastructure in the zone.

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, who disclosed this in Yola at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located along Bishop Street in the state capital, represented by Burghard Brinksmeier, Counsellor, Political Affairs and Human Rights in Nigeria, said he was in the state to get first hand information on the condition of the IDPs in the state and also see the level of destruction to enable him present correct information to the German government.

He said: “The German government is ready to assist the government of Nigeria to rebuild North-East region. Schools have been destroyed, bridges and many other vital infrastructures have been damaged, and so, my country is interested in helping Nigerian government to rebuild the zone for normal life activities to resume after the crisis.

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