20 January 2010

Nigeria: Haiti - Representatives Contribute N7.2 Million to Earthquake Victims

Abuja — The House of Representatives has resolved to contribute a total of N7.2 million and commiserate with the people, government and members of the Haitian parliament for the catastrophic earthquake that has left death, destruction and anguish in its trail. By this, each of the 360 members of the House is expected to contribute N20, 000 only towards the realisation of the N7.2 million.

These decisions were taken at Wednesday plenary following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. John Halims Agoda (PDP, Delta) and Hon. Elizabeth Ogbaga (PDP, Ebonyi) respectively.

The House also urged the international community including Nigeria and South Africa, on the basis of common humanity to continue to step up relief efforts to ameliorate the humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti.

It also appealed to all African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations to which Haiti belongs to begin the process by which the post-earthquake reconstruction needs of Haiti would receive the approval of their respective governments in order to rebuild the devastating country.

Similarly, the green chambers commended the United States government for its prompt response and the provision of $100 million as immediate relief fund for Haiti and especially the collaboration with President Barack Obama by two of his immediate predecessors in office, former President's George Bush and Bill Clinton.

While moving the motion for the need to support Haiti, Hon. Agoda regretted that over 200,000 people have died in the disaster with several key public institutions including the Haitian Parliament, the Presidential Palace, private properties as well as telecommunications and electricity facilities worth billions of dollars destroyed.

He expressed worry that while rescue work is still ongoing in Haiti, the surviving population of over 30,000 are in the streets without shelter, food and health services for about one week running.

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