Banditry: Why I rallied my colleagues to provide N10bn in 2019 budget for Zamfara - Senator Marafa

Banditry: Why I rallied my colleagues to provide N10bn in 2019 budget for Zamfara - Senator Marafa

- Senator Kabiru Marafa has been at the forefront of rescuing Zamfara state from the doldrums

- The chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum resources (downstream), has rallied his colleagues to provide succour to his people

- He called on the incoming National Assembly members from Zamfara state to maintain the tempo by ensuring that the state's provision is sustained

Chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum resources (downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara) at the weekend thanked his colleagues at the both chambers of the National Assembly for the provision of N10billion in this year's budget to address the deteriorating  humanitarian crisis in Zamfara state, occasioned by the nefarious activities of bandits.

Following a motion sponsored by Marafa, the National Assembly, while passing the 2019 budget made a provision of N10billion for the creation of an intervention fund to be called PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE ON ZAMFARA STATE, to cater for the humanitarian disaster in Zamfara state.

Marafa in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, May 5, said the overwhelming support by his colleagues at both chambers, showed that with unity of purpose and direction, the country can overcame its challenges. 

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He said the unfortunate and dark eight years of banditry (2011 to date) in Zamfara had conservatively led to the killing of over 11,000 male adults, leaving behind an estimated average of 22,000 widows (at 2 wives/person) and an estimated 44,000 orphans (at an average of 4 children/deceased). 

Marafa noted that in terms of casualty ratio and displacements, Zamfara state remains ahead of many states in the north-east and north-central that are currently being given prominence by the mainstream media and the federal government in terms of recognition and assistance.

He said the N10billion will help in resettling Internal Displaced Persons and other persons affected by the activities of the armed banditry, to cater for their general well being, provision of shelter,  water, basic education, basic health care (especially for the wounded, children and ra*e victims) and others. 

He called on the incoming National Assembly members from Zamfara state to maintain the tempo by ensuring that the initiative is sustained in the years ahead.

He thanked his colleagues in both Senate and House of Representatives in general and the leadership of Senate, House of Representatives and appropriations committees of the two chambers in particular for their wonderful support. 

Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has reacted to the worsening security situation across the country.

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In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, May 3, Comrade Frank alleged that all the money meant to buy equipment have been stolen by a clique inside the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s administration.

“A caring president cannot abandon the country when the nation is on fire. Gen. Buhari does not care and that is why he chose to travel for a private matter when his subjects are dying in large numbers to bandtry, kidnapping and hunger,” Comrade Frank stated.

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