Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno) on Monday said the Nigerian Government is focusing on rehabilitation and resetlement of IDPs through the North East Development Commission (NEDC) with an approved take-off sum of N95 billion.
Ndume spoke while addressing the IDPs in Bakassi and Gubio camps in Maiduguri.
He admonished the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwazo who have been taking refuge in Maiduguri to return home while assuring them of adequate safety.
Ndume also expressed concern that the IDPs from Gwoza had yet to be resettled even when normalcy had returned to the town.
“The Palestinian IDPs camp has been existing for 60 years; in Kenya, it existed for about 30 years.
“So, insecurity cannot be completely eliminated. We must therefore defy fears, summon courage and be resilient in order to achieve permanent solution to our problems.”
Ndume said that government had already made efforts to rehabilitate and reconstruct many residential homes, schools, clinics, palace and other social ammenities to enhance civic authority.
“The Federal Government is also focusing on rehabilitation and resetlement of IDPs through the North East Development Commission (NEDC) with an approved take-off sum of N95 billion,” he said.
According to him, the European Union recently committed about N8 billion to support Post Insurgency Response, Recovery and Resilience for the IDPs in the education sector, adding that Gwoza was among the nine local government areas to benefit from the intervention.
Recall that in August 2014, Boko Haram captured Gwoza town with a population of 275,000 people and declared it the headquarters of its “caliphate.
It was later liberated by the Nigerian military. The Boko Haram insurgency had allegedly killed more than 27,000 people and displaced 1.8 million others in the North-East.
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