The National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has flagged off a humanitarian support Programme to the IDP’s in Yobe state, north east Nigeria.
The Federal Commissioner for the NCFRMI, Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouck, while flagging off the programme in Damaturu the state capital, said the first phase would include supply of both food and non-food items to the IDP’s in the affected area.
The commission according to her, would in the second phase take on durable solutions that would make the return of the IDP’s a memorable one.
“We are here to flag off the first phase humanitarian support program for the Internally Displaced Persons and subsequently we are going to focus on the durable solutions to those displaced persons, who are ready to go home because their communities have been declared safe by security agents.
“We are going to do that with your support and partnership, considering the fact that you have done so much to bring succor to these our brothers and sisters and we commend you very much for the good work you are doing to ensure normalcy returns to our trouble areas.
“We look forward to a very fruitful working relationship” the commissioner told the state government.
The state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by his Deputy and chairman of the rehabilitation, reconstruction and relocation of IDPs in the state, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, called for more assistance to the remaining IDP’s still taking refuge at the Pompomari camp in Damaturu the state capital.
He revealed that at the moment, 2,500 IDP’s are taking refuge at the Damaturu official camp, as many more have returned to their ancestral homes, sequel to the return of peace in some affected areas.
According to him, the need for more assistance to the IDP’s has become necessary as all those at the camp as well as returnees, have not engaged themselves in meaningful means of livelihood for several years.
Mr Aliyu, however said that the Yobe state Government had carried out lots of reconstruction and rehabilitation works to improve the lives of the IDP’s.
He expressed appreciation to some
philanthropists, NGO’s and other spirited individuals for the untiring support to the displaced.
“While expressing our appreciation for the support received from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, the flagging off of the distribution of the relief materials to the IDP’s by the commission should therefore be viewed as part of another giant stride in our multi-dimensional approach to providing succor to the teaming IDP’s.
“I wish to inform the federal commissioner that though various forms of assistance was received in favour of the IDPs in the state, considering the seriousness of the humanitarian crisis which is the second most hit after Borno state, we still need intervention in the form of additional food and essential non-food items, provision of building materials and cash support, to enable our traumatized people reconstruct and rehabilitate their house.
“The state government will also require support in the great and monumental task of reconstructing the destroyed public and private structures” the governor said.