Nigerian senate urges gov't to mobilize relief materials for Haiti victims

19:58, January 21, 2010      

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday urged the country federal government to direct appropriate agencies to mobilize resources and materials for Haiti.

A major earthquake of magnitude 7, which was never recorded in the region, rocked Haiti last Tuesday, crushing thousands of buildings, including the presidential palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters, and trapping untold numbers of people in the rubble of the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Adopting a motion entitled "Earthquake in the Republic of Haiti" Victor Ndoma-Egba and 22 other senators, the upper legislative chamber also resolved to make contributions for onward transmission to Haiti.

The senate observed a one-minute silence in honor of the victims of the earthquake and resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to coordinate collection of contributions from the members.

The committee will also liaise with appropriate agencies to ensure transmission of funds and materials collected to the right quarters.

Moving the motion earlier, Ndoma-Egba recalled that Nigeria had always responded positively as a respected member of the international community by sending troops, aid materials and funds to areas of need.

He said the earthquake in Haiti had provided another opportunity for Nigeria to show that the country is concern.

"We are our brothers' keepers by reaching out to Haiti during this period of anguish and tribulation," he said.

Senators who contributed to the motion said Nigeria would be sneaking into irrelevance in the international community if no aid was given to Haiti.

David Mark, the senate president, however, said the Nigerian government had sent one million U.S. dollars to Haiti to assist in rebuilding the country.

Source: Xinhua
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