Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, Seeks Assistance For IDP’s

civil servantsThe 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.

NEMA Releases IDP Figures In North East

Agatu-IDPsA total of 1, 934, 765 displaced persons are currently living in formal camps, host communities and satellite camps in liberated communities as a result of insurgency in North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa.

This was disclosed by Yola Camp Coordinator, Saad Bello, who took the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samanthan Power, round the facilities at Malkohi IDP Camp in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

He said there were 32 formal camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States with a total of 189, 783 IDPs.

Borno has 19 camps with 150, 858 IDPs; Yobe has 9 camps with 31, 988 IDPs and Adamawa 4 camps with 6, 937 IDPs.

The Camp Coordinator added that there were 14 satellite camps in liberated communities, mainly in Borno State with 216, 184 IDPs. The camps with the highest population are Ngala with 70, 505; Dikwa 53, 636; Bama 27, 000 and Damboa/Sabon Gari 25, 311.

Saad said host communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States have a total of 1, 391, 613 IDPs. Borno state has the highest with 1, 158, 362, followed by Adamawa with 125, 689 and Yobe 107, 562.

“Federal Government through the coordinating agency, NEMA and relevant line Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been trying to meet the needs of the IDPs in the provision of food, nutrition, non-food items (NFIs), temporary shelter, medicament, psycho-social therapy, security and protection”, he said.

He added that as the government continued in it’s efforts to meet the needs of the IDPs, more support is critically required for the IDPs across the three identified kinds of camps before they return back to their communities.

The U.S. Ambassador to UN, Samanthan Power, who led a high level delegation from US to the Malkohi IDPs camp and host communities told them that they were there to determine what more could be done to defeat Boko haram so that they can return back to their communities.

“I know how difficult these last years have been for you and on behalf of President Barack Obama, I express my sympathy and my condolences for all you have lost and our resolve to try to make things better together”, she said.

SERAP Organises Round Table To Address Plight Of IDPs

UNSocio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) in partnership with the Ford Foundation on Tuesday organised a round table to address the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.

Chaired by the Retired Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Ayo Phillips, the round table attracted relevant government agencies, civil society, NGOs, legal Practitioners  and the media; all relevant stakeholders in addressing the plight of the victims & preferring solutions to ease their situation.

With over 2.2 million IDPs in the country, participants agreed that society and, especially, the government needs to address the root causes of Boko Haram as well as provide re-orientation, pyschological, social and economic support for their victims.

The Bomb Blast Victims Association of Nigeria, also appealed to the government to include members of the group in the Victims Support Fund.

A member of the group, who was a speaker during the round table, Mr Olatunji Kayode, made the appeal while speaking on ‘Developing Effective Policy Framework to Address the Situation of Victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Mr Kayode, who is just one of the many victims of the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, maintained that there are many more victims like him who are helpless and abandoned.

The convener of the round table said the suggestions put forward will be forwarded to the government.

IDPs Scared Of Returning Home

IDPsInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Kuchingoro camp in Abuja say they are apprehensive about returning to the northeast despite the orders by the government.

The Deputy Chairman of the camp, Mr Haliru Bello, said that news from their various villages indicate that it is not yet safe to return home.

Mr Bello was speaking at a Valentine’s Day celebration on Sunday in the camp in the Federal Capital Territory, with well-meaning Nigerians who came to show them love.

One of the donors at the IDPs camp, Bunmi Ademolu, spoke on the reason for the celebration and the need for everyone to help the government cushion the effect of the insurgency on the Nigerians.

The group of the goodhearted Nigerians who made out time to visit the IDPs, brought with them clothing, shoes, household essentials and monetary gifts.

While appreciating the gesture by the group, the displaced persons said that items brought by well-meaning Nigerians have sustained them throughout their ordeal.


NEMA, Partner Agencies Express Worry Over IDPs

IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and partner agencies are worried about the continued stay of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in camps within Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The humanitarian crises has kept thousands of children out of school for a while, with classes serving as temporary shelter for the displaced.

Stakeholders in the humanitarian business have concluded plans to relocate the IDPs and reopen schools.

Issues arising from their continued stay in camps with overstretched facilities is top on the agenda of a strategic meeting between NEMA, partner agencies and officials.

Officials of the Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency offered explanation for the circumstances surrounding recent cholera outbreak in some camps leading to the death of 15 persons, as education authorities are already preparing for school resumption within the next two weeks.

Military authorities also believe that returning the displaced to their original homes is the only panacea to the issues surrounding their stay in camps.

Eager as the displaced are to return home and pick up the pieces of their lives, there are still reports of pockets of attacks going on in remote villages.

Until such a time when communities are certified safe enough for civilian habitation, the displaced victims of insurgency are left with no other option than the make shift camps.

Nearly 5,000 indigenes of Borno State Internally Displaced were recently evacuated from neighbouring Adamawa state.

IDPs In Yola Return To Borno

IDPsMore than 1600 Internally Displaced Persons from Borno State who have been taking refuge at the Fufore and Bajabure IDP camps in Yola, Adamawa State, have been evacuated and relocated to Borno State.

The Chairman of Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Kachala Konto, said that the move is in line with the directive by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

Alhaji Konto said the state government has already put in a place other camps in Maiduguri capital of Borno State to accommodate them.

“We have a very good accommodation; feeding and other human needs are already in place. The arrangements were made by the State Government in conjunction with NEMA and other donor organisations.

“To that effect, I think everything is perfectly certified for their arrival,” he said.

Representative of the Secretary General, Nigeria Red Cross, Mr Aliyu Maikano, in the camp said that in preparation for the movement, the sick among the IDPs have also received some treatment to enable them embark on the journey.

Some of the IDPs, however, said that they would miss the camps as they were properly taken care of while there.


Borno Government Sets Up 21st IDP Camp

internally displaced persons IDPs in NigeriaThe Borno State Government has established a camp for the indigenes of the state recently repatriated from neighbouring Niger Republic.

The establishment of a special camp for the repatriated indigenes, who are among the over 6,000 deported from Niger Republic after the attack on two of the country’s islands by the Boko Haram sect, takes the number of camps established for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to 21 in the state.

Speaking to journalists while receiving the first batch of 1,200 deportees at Njimtilo, at the entrance to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Grema Terab, said the state government decided to establish a new camp for them because of their special case.

Mr Grema, who said that another set of 17 mass transit buses had been sent to Geidam to convey the second batch of 1,200 people, adds that more people are still expected as the Nigerien government continues to repatriate more people.
“The 2,400 are not the only people we are expecting back in Borno from Niger and provisions have been made to get them housed in one of the 400 Housing Estate along Gubio Road.

“Some of them, though Nigerians, were born in Niger and have never been to Nigeria. We have to keep them in a camp for now, console them and treat those that are traumatised with the intention of allowing them to mix with other Nigerians in not too distant a time.

“We are equally looking at the possibility of assisting them to start a new life in the country by given them economic assistance.”
He said the state government was not ruling out collapsing the new camp into the 20 already in existence after few months.

“When we are sure the local government of the deportees, we will allow them to mix with their people in the other local governments. We will also involve them in the larger programme of rehabilitation of the victims of the insurgency,” he said.

NEMA Registers Over 8000 IDPs After Monguno Attack

internally-displaced-persons-NEMA (1)The North East Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mohammed Kanar, on Monday said the agency has so far registered about 8000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled into Maiduguri yesterday due to the attack by the dreaded sect members of Boko Haram.

The coordinator expressed worry over the increasing number of IDPs in Maiduguri, the state capital, while the Information Officer of the Agency, Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, part said the agency in collaboration with Red Cross officials and security operatives have been mobilized to ensure adequate and proper care of the victims.

“We have set up an emergency response team and they have provided them with drugs and drinking water as immediate measure aimed at managing the situation”, he said.

The team, according to him, will revisit the camp and distribute relief materials such as food items, mattresses, mats, blankets, mosquitoes nets among others.

“We want to also use the opportunity to inform all the fleeing residents of Monguno that government in collaboration with other humanitarian agencies are committed to addressing their pathetic situation”, he added.

It was reported that Mongono is currently under the control of the dreaded sect members the Boko Haram as Nigerian troop have withdrawn from the area.

Troops of the Nigerian Army had repelled attacks by the insurgents as they simultaneously launched attacks on Monguno and Maiduguri.

The military launched coordinated air and land strikes on the insurgents and are in pursuit of the retreating Boko Haram members.

An eye witness report who spoke to Channels Television in a phone call interview said the incident started at about 11PM adding that residents fled their homes to avoid running into the cross fire.

A curfew has been placed on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, till further notice after members of the attacked on Sunday morning.

Monguno is about 126km north of Maiduguri the Borno state capital.