Accountability is key to North East Dev. Plan – Saraki

President of the Sen­ate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Friday, said that accountability and oversight must be necessary components in the nation’s efforts to rehabilitate the insurgency-ravaged North East zone. Saraki’s state­ment was in response to the conclusion of the four-day visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on hu­man rights of internally dis­placed persons (IDPs), Dr. Chaloka Beyani.

The Senate President indicated that he was en­couraged to learn that the international community is beginning to pay more attention to the suffering in the North East.

“We are hopeful about the increasing international attention being shown to­ward the North East. On our part, we need to make sure that our accountabil­ity mechanisms generate confidence in our ability to absorb and monitor the delivery of aid material and resources”, he stated.

Saraki noted that Nige­ria was heading in the right direction in tackling the North East’s humanitarian crisis, however, there are still many issues in the areas of accountability, such as sexual abuse, lack of protec­tion and the provision of basic services that need to be addressed.

He also emphasized the need to focus less on the sensational stories of cor­ruption in the relief effort but instead focus more on transparent systems to root out corruption and profi­teering. Saraki further stat­ed that when the 8th Senate resumes sitting later in the month, the humanitarian crisis in the North East will be a high priority.

Originally posted 2016-09-03 02:37:14.

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