FG pledges to re­con­struct houses in Borno

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

The Fed­eral Hous­ing Au­thor­ity (FHA) yesterday as­sured In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) cur­rently tak­ing refuge at var­i­ous camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State cap­i­tal, that it will em­bark on re­con­struc­tion of their de­stroyed houses as soon as Boko Haram in­sur­gency is over.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of FHA, Al­haji Mo­hammed Al-Amin, who vis­ited some IDP camps in Maiduguri to celebrate the 2015 World Habi­tat Day with dis­placed per­sons, said, ‘‘We have seen the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons, we have in­ter­acted with them, we have vis­ited where they sleep, where they cook; and we have seen the make-shift schools and wor­ship cen­tres. We have also told them that soon­est, the chal­lenge of Boko Haram would be sub­dued and re­con­struc­tion of their set­tle­ments will start”.

He added that it is not only the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Borno State gov­ern­ment or North­east­ern state gov­ern­ments, but of ev­ery Nige­rian to come to the aid of dis­ad­van­taged Nige­ri­ans.

“The United Na­tions (UN) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral is­sued a press state­ment iden­ti­fy­ing the United Na­tions and gov­ern­ments in the world over with the plight of those do not have ad­e­quate shel­ter and those that do not have ac­cess to good liv­ing con­di­tion,” AlAmin said.

He fur­ther said that as a rider to the UN state­ment the fed­eral gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria has di­rected the Fed­eral Hous­ing Au­thor­ity (FHA) and the Fed­eral Min­istry of Land Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment to engi­neer ac­tions that would re­ha­bil­i­tate peo­ple and re­con­struct their set­tle­ments.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

From left: Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Assem­bly Mat­ters (House of Reps.) Suleiman Kawu; Kebbi State Gover­nor Atiku Bagudu; and Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Assem­bly Mat­ters (Se­nate), Sen­a­tor Ita Enang; af­ter their meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa Abuja yesterday.

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