The Adamawa State house of Assembly has been commended for its move to establish an agency that will cater for the victims of insurgency and other communal clashes in the state.
Stakeholders during a public hearing organized by the assembly and supported by International Republican Institute (IRI), for a law to provide the establishment and functions of Adamawa State Agency For Material and Development Affairs sponsored by member representing Nasarawo Binyeri state constituency Hon. Umar G. Nashon made the commendation.
Dissecting the components of the bill, the sponsor, Hon. Umar G Nashon said one of the important issues the bill seeks to address is the incursion of NGOs adding that the bill will also regulate activities of such NGOs in the state.
“The objectives of the bill are as follows; To present a strategy and implementation framework for achieving an objective of the resettlement policy, restoration of infrastructure, and livelihood of the displaced communities.
“Rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of insurgency, cause to survey the affected communities in order to ascertain the extent of loss and destruction and put in place measures necessary for plan and implementation of physical and socioeconomic reconstruction of the affected areas,” he said.
He said the governing board of the agency will consists of the chairman who shall be the deputy governor; the executive secretary of the agency; representative of ministry of environment; representative of ministry of education; representative of ministry of water resources; representative of ministry of health and representative of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corp.
He noted that when the agency is finally established any NGO that intend to work in the state must identify with the agency so as to have seamless coordination and working synergy.
A legal practitioner in the state, Douyina Baba during his contribution showered encomiums on the sponsor and the assembly for sponsoring such a unique bill noting that from investigation and searches he made on google he was convinced that the bill was the handwork of research as such type of bill has never been presented anywhere.
During the deliberations, various stakeholders harped on the need for the assembly to introduce some critical changes and amendments to the bill for the agency to function optimally.
They called on the inclusion of more security agencies, in the board of the agency, and some other critical ministries including ministry of information.
They also called on the creation of data management for the agency which is critical to the planning and success of the agency’s operations among other critical contributions made by stakeholders.
In his contribution, the speaker, Adamawa State house of assembly Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya Abbas said the public hearing marked a watershed in the history of the incumbent assembly as the it was the first since the beginning of the assembly.
He lauded the informed contributions made by the various stakeholders noting that the assembly will take cognisance of them and other critical observations before passing the the bill.