Buhari Calls For Removal Of explosive Remnants In North-East

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and other relevant agencies immediately move to address the threats currently posed by explosive remnants in the North East.

The President issued this order yesterday while speaking on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2022 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Buhari reaffirmed the commitment of his government to playing key roles to ensure the reduction of the effect of disasters, climate change, insurgency and challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Nigerian leader said attention should be paid to emerging issues amid the return and rehabilitation of Nigerians displaced in the 13-year conflict and insurgency in the region.

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The President regretted that the increasing number of orphans and widows due to the spate of insecurity.

‘From our experience in the unfortunate Civil War, I know the threat that unexploded ordnances can pose to returnees even after the conflict has ended as we saw in the latest IED incident in Bama just last week.’

Buhari urged the Ministry, agencies, states and governments and the special committee under the Chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to come up with specific programmes and projects.

The projects are expected to tackle emerging challenges of explosive ordnance as well as that of children orphaned by insurgency.

While commenting on insurgency, the President reiterated his directive to security agencies to take the fight to the hideouts of criminals and ensure they are eliminated.

Meanwhile, due to the instabilty in the sale and distribution of petroleum products, the Nigerian House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee which had been installed to investigate the Petroleum Products Subsidy Regime from 2013 to 2022 had  on Thursday, queried the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, over some of the payments of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Zainab Ahmed on her part had also disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria spends over ₦283 per litre of PMS or ₦18.397bn per day as subsidy.

Africa Today News, New York

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