The house of representatives has urged the federal government to redeem its pledge of ten billion naira to resettle the victims of attacks in Plateau state.
This was sequel to a motion unanimously adopted on the urgent need to stop the incessant killings in Plateau state.
The mover of the motion, Yussuf Gagdi, stated that within the last two months, a lot of ugly events bothering on the state of security of people in Plateau state occurred.
Mr Gagdi noted that, it is no longer news, the series of attacks and reprisals that engulfed some parts of Plateau state in the recent past, ranging from the unprovoked attacks on Bassa communities where scores of lives were killed with farm lands and properties worth hundreds of millions destroyed, to the killing of peaceful commuters on Rukuba road in Jos North on their way to Ondo State from Bauchi as well as the pockets of silent killings of University of Jos students along University community and the most recent killings in Yelwan Zargam community of Jos North Local Government.
He observed that the barbaric killings have caused a serious breach of peace in some parts of the Jos north and Bassa Local Government Areas adding that the efforts of the Governor Simon Lalong to contain the ugly trend and avoid its escalation to other part of the State was commendable.
“Also aware that the said communities have no voice in this House to air their grievances, following the death of their representative, late Hon. Maitala Haruna who died on 2nd April, 2021 which was announced at House Plenary on 13th April, 2021.
“Further note my open letter to the President on the happenings in Plateau state, with practical suggestions on how best to handle the crisis situation in the State and beyond.
Acknowledged and appreciate the visit of National Inter-religious Council to Plateau State that was headed by the CAN Chairman and the Sultan of Sokoto and that of the Chief of Defense Staff, where they variously interfaced with stakeholders in Plateau State.”
Adopting the motion, the house mandated the Speaker of the House to lead a high-powered delegation to pay a condolence visit to the Government of Plateau State and commiserate with the Governor on the lives and properties lost
The house also mandated the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant humanitarian agencies to as matter of urgency, to provide relief materials to the victims of the attacks, in order to assuage the sufferings of their survivors.