Former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, says more needs to be done to improve the humanitarian situation in Nigeria’s Northeast.
Speaking to journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja, Senator Ndume called for increase in the budget allocated to the region.
“In the budget proposal under consideration by the National Assembly (that is this year), only 45 billion Naira is allocated for the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI).
“This is grossly inadequate to address the emergency humanitarian crisis we are faced with.
“We have made a case to the National Assembly; the PCNI has written to the Speaker, there’s a favourable response.
“I have personally raised the issue with the Senate President and there is a favourable response to increase the budgetary allocation for the humanitarian crisis in the northeast from 45 billion Nara to a reasonable amount,” he said.
The lawmaker said over 2.5 million children are malnourished in the region, not to mention other alarming situations while highlighting the need for decisive intervention in the region.
He also urged the Federal and State governments to work together to ensure efficiency in managing the crisis in the northeast.