20 January 2010

Nigeria: 360 Reps Donate N20,000 Each for Haiti Quake Victims

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When Humphreys Munai survived the Haiti quake in which 300,000 are feared dead, he had only God to thank for letting him see his son again.

Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday agreed to contribute N20,000 each to support the United States relief efforts in Haiti, which wa hit last week by a devastating earthquake.

The amount multiplied by the 360 members of the House is N7.2 million.

The decision followed a motion by Halims Agoda (PDP, Delta) urging the House to commend the U.S. government for what he described as "prompt response and provision of $100 million as immediate relief fund for Haiti."

Elizabeth Ogbaga's (PDP, Ebonyi) motion demanding renaming of the National Women Development Centre (NWDC), Abuja, after the late Maryam Babangida, was also adopted.

The late Mrs. Babangida, wife of former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, died in December last year of ovarian cancer.

Leading the motion, Ogbaga said the need to immortalise her stemmed from her positive contributions to the advancement of women in Nigeria through her pet project, Better Life for Rural Women.

Chairman, Committee on Rules and Business, however, argued that there was need to first amend Cap 15 section of the Laws of the Federation, which provided for establishment of the centre before renaming it.

But Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi) urged the House to do the renaming to allow the Presidency forward proposals for amending the laws. His argument was considered superior.

On the situation in Haiti, members further resolved to commiserate with the people and government of the country for the losses, and to urge the international community, including Nigeria and South Africa to step up relief efforts to ameliorate the catastrophe in the country.

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