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Senator Ade Fadahunsi (PDP-Osun) has called for steps to be taken in the investigation to address Amajiri syndrome in the country.

He made the call when members of the Senate Special Duties Committee paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of Maiduguri University, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, on Friday in Maiduguri.

The objective of the committee’s visit was to find out the level of work carried out by the Center for Development Studies and Disaster Risk Management of the institution.

He regretted that the insurgency in the state, which was a disaster plaguing Borno since 2009, must be addressed to allow citizens to live a normal life.

Fadahunsi urged the center to investigate ways to help the country control the threat of almajiri.

“The Almajiris are raising soldiers for the insurgents; that should be the basis of your research, they are already a mess and are still there.

“Cut the sources of recruitment for terrorism, you have to start doing it, if not, the avalanche of the Almajiri disaster will take everyone away,” he said.

The committee chairman, Senator Yusuf Yusuf, secured the support of the Senate University to reduce some of the challenges facing the institution.

“In addition to partnering with NEMA, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), and by extension, I think it is also partnering with Parliament because under special duties we oversee NEDC, NEMA and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

“We assure you that we will do the best we can to reduce the hardships, the difficulties that the center faces,” he said.

Noting that security is everyone’s responsibility, the legislator called for a collaborative effort by stakeholders to fight insecurity.

NEMA Director General Muhammadu Muhammed said the agency conducted an assessment of Nigerian universities and six were identified for collaboration on disaster risk management.

Muhammed, represented by Dr. Kayode Fagbemi, NEMA Director of Planning, Research and Forecasting, said the universities included; Universities of Maiduguri, Ibadan, Port Harcourt among others.

“In our collaboration, we wanted them to carry out teaching and research that will improve people’s knowledge of disaster risk management,” he said.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the center is working in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

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