FHA Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor sleeps at Borno IDP camp

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Fed­eral Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, Prof. Mo­hammed Al-Amin, who vis­ited Borno State IDP camps to mark this year’s World Habi­tat Day, stayed through Mon­day night with dis­placed per­sons at the IPD camp in the Maiduguri NYSC Ori­en­ta­tion Camp.

Our cor­re­spon­dent yesterday morn­ing saw Prof. Al-Amin in front of a tent sur­rounded by on­look­ers while the mat he slept on and a blan­ket were still on the ground with a small food flask, an empty plate and a spoon which he used for break­fast.

Speak­ing with news­men, Prof. Al-Amin, said he slept there in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand what the IDPs were go­ing through.

“Let me briefly take you to what hap­pened at night: I in­ter­acted with peo­ple that have stayed here for more than one year, and as you can see, this place is 5/4 me­ter-square, and I had the priv­i­lege of sleep­ing in it. The av­er­age num­ber of oc­cu­pants in the tent is 10, sleep­ing on this floor with­out any bed, with­out elec­tric­ity”, he said.

He said dur­ing his night in­ter­ac­tion with the dis­placed per­sons, some­one told him that he as a visi­tor was even lucky to be lodged in the tent which is re­garded as a VIP ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“I was sur­prised, and I ar­gued with that per­son. Then he said I should just walk out and see peo­ple just spread­ing their beds un­der the sheds in rain or sun­shine. When I woke up in the morn­ing, I was con­fronted with a five-litre con­tainer of wa­ter that was sup­posed to be used to wash my body, per­form ablu­tion, drink­ing and wash­ing my mouth”, he said.

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