No fewer than 700 former military personnel had limbs amputated and were ultimately fired from service due to the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. This was when the United States and Nigeria opened discussions on how to address the threat posed by the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) and its affiliated terrorist organizations in West Africa.
The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), which yesterday released the status of the 700 former military personnel during its 2021 budget defense in the National Assembly, said that it had integrated the affected former security personnel. The commission called for an upward revision of its budget to meet the growing demand for its capital budget.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, James Lalu, in his presentation before the Senate Special Duties Committee, explained that there are around 31.5 million Nigerians living with disabilities, regretting that the number continues to increase day by day especially with the challenges of the insurgency in the country.
He said: “Recently, we have to integrate some 700 former military personnel who had their limbs amputated and were ultimately fired from service due to the Boko Haram insurgency. We have to provide them with artificial limbs to make sure they rejoin society and live a normal life. “
Lalu pointed out that disability was no longer a charity problem, but had become a developmental problem that needed to be adequately addressed in society. He warned that failure to address this problem would place a serious burden on the government, which would face the challenge of handing out stipends that would never achieve a lasting solution.
According to him, the budget increase will address the education, health care needs and livelihood of people with disabilities, noting that many people with disabilities start begging on the street when they cannot meet their basic needs.
Lalu also notified the Senate committee that, in its 2021 budget, the Commission proposed opening zonal, state and local government offices to reach all of its members who live in rural areas. In response, the Chairman of the Committee on Special Duties, Senator Yusuf Yusuf, urged the Commission to create a database of all its members across the country and design empowerment trainings for them, especially those in rural areas for a positive impact.
Meanwhile, the United States and Nigeria have convened a virtual meeting with members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and representatives of the West African States and relevant regional organizations to discuss ways in which the Coalition can contribute to collective efforts to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS in the region. . US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the global coalition against ISIS as a breakthrough in efforts to defeat the dreaded terrorist organization.
“We will use all the tools at our disposal to counter ISIS and its affiliates anywhere in the world. My thanks to Nigeria for co-hosting the event, ”Pompeo tweeted. US Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, who is the newly appointed Special Envoy of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, described the Coalition’s growing focus on defeating ISIS global affiliates and affiliates.
Sales also expressed his appreciation to the Nigerian delegation led by Rear Admiral Yaminu E. Musa, Coordinator of the Counter-Terrorism Center in the Office of the Nigerian National Security Advisor, for co-hosting the event.
With this focus on West Africa, the Coalition also announced Mauritania’s accession to the Coalition as the 83rd member. Since January 2017, the Coalition has welcomed 14 new members from Africa and Asia and continues to expand its outreach and cooperation. against ISIS branches and affiliates.
The meeting included sessions on understanding and fighting the threat, moderated by the US special envoy for the Sahel, Ambassador J. Peter Pham. Representatives from Global Coalition members – Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger and co-host, Nigeria, provided key insights on troubling developments in ISIS affiliate activity in West Africa and suggested ways the Coalition could enhance efforts. to counteract these trends.
As the Global Coalition seeks to apply lessons learned from the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria elsewhere, participants reviewed possible lines of effort, including the use of evidence on the battlefield and border security measures that could apply in West Africa.
Source: – Newstelegraphng