The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on international partners and non-governmental organisations to assist the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as they return back to their homes.
The Governor made the call on Tuesday when he received the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Perry Calderwood in Damaturu, the State’s capital.
The IDPs had been displaced from their ancestral homes as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency for almost three years.
Governor Gaidam said that the urgent assistance could be in essential non-food items, support to agricultural activities, and provision of building materials and cash support to the victims of insurgency among several other ways as a way of alleviating their sufferings.
He commended the tremendous assistance of Canada which helped the State previously in the area of infrastructural development.
The Yobe Governor also asked for assistance such as water supply system, schools, health facilities and rural electrification among others.
He said the return of peace coupled with the onset of rainy season has put the IDPs in serious moment of need with government closing one of the major camps to enable them return to their places of abode.
Governor Gaidam disclosed that of the 60, 000 people displaced in Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas, 50 and 90 per cent population respectively have returned.
The Canada High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Perry Calderwood, also said he is in the state to assess the humanitarian needs of the displaced persons and commended the efforts of government towards the return of peace in the troubled north east region of the country.
He appreciated the role of government and other non-governmental organisations for improving the lives of the displaced persons in the State.
The High Commissioner said the Canadian government is providing six million US dollars humanitarian services through humanitarian agencies such as “UNICEF, Action Against Hunger among others, with the aim of improving the humanitarian needs of the displaced persons”.
Yobe State has previously been helped by the Canadian government through UNICEF among other development partners.
Presently, a partnership being supported by Canada, UNICEF and Action Against Hunger (ACF) is seriously working towards tackling water problem and educational backwardness among others in various communities across Yobe State.