In a bid to alleviate the sufferings of armed banditry victims in Zamfara State, the Federal Government has distributed food and non-food items to over 2400 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within the state.
The displaced persons who consist mostly of women and children, are currently seeking refuge at the Tsunami Community within the outskirts of Gusau metropolis.
They have been sacked from their various communities by suspected terrorists, some of their families members have been maimed, killed and abducted while the whereabouts of others still remains unknown.
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Through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMI), the Federal Government on Tuesday distributed relief items to the displaced persons.
The exercise was flagged off by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk who said the gesture was from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mrs Farouk added that more items would come as the Buhari-led administration is committed to the well being of the internally displaced persons across the country.
“I implore the beneficiaries of this gesture to make the best use of these items. It is meant to mitigate the suffering of the displaced persons. These items are not for sale but are given to you as relief material,” she told the individuals present.
The food items which would be provided to 400 households include bags of rice and other grains, cooking oil, cartons of pasta and noodles. The non food items consist of toiletries, mattresses, blankets, mats, mosquito nets, brocades and many other items.
The minister also commissioned a fully renovated and equipped library for the Internally Displaced Persons and their host communities. The Library according to her, was renovated and equipped under the programme “Project Educate All”.
Mrs Farouk said the library would boost the morale and academic activities of the children of the internally displaced persons as well as those of the host communities.