North East communities opening up to IDPs

Communities in North East Nigeria affected by the Boko Haram insurgency are opening up as internally displaced persons, IDPs, continue to return to their homes.

Governor of Adamawa State, Umar Fintiri, stated this on Tuesday while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to discuss the humanitarian and security situation in the north east.

Among other government officials present at the meeting were Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.

“Our military has been doing wonderfully well these days and the communities are opening up,” Fintiri said, pointing out that efforts are geared towards “movement and food and other aids to reach the badly affected areas, mostly the salvaged areas in the north east.”


More houses
Fintiri said that states in the north east of Nigeria were building more houses to resettle internally displaced persons as they return to their communities, stating that shelter would not pose serious challenge for them.

“I don’t think it is a challenge because the shelters and the services in the IDP camps in my state are well taken care of; and we are even building more houses and that is also happening in Borno. 

“They are building more houses in all the local governments in that state for them to relocate IDPs camps to their various local governments of origin.  That is also happening in Adamawa. 

“We are addressing them headlong and we are moving forward in ensuring that our citizens are well taken care of and they are settled properly the way it should be in their communities.”

Also speaking, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that her ministry has been collaborating with states in the north east in tackling the humanitarian challenge there.

“We are working and collaborating to see that we achieve the common objective of addressing issues in the north eastern part of the country as well as other parts of the country,” she stated.

On the situation of IDPs in the north east, Umar Farouq said it was only in Borno State that there was a high concentration of the displaced persons.

“I think we can only speak of Borno State that has high concentration of IDPs; in Adamawa, they have one or two IDP camps and they originated from Borno State; in Yobe, we don’t have official IDP camps.  They are all back in their communities”.

She adds that they are working on Borno State which has high concentration of IDPs with the support of government to ensure they are being well catered for.



Source: Voice of Nigeria