CITY NEWS 500 FCT camped IDPs set to re­lo­cate

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Terkula Igidi

Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) has said that about 500 In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons camp­ing in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Abuja are ready to re­turn to Borno State.

Speak­ing with news­men in Abuja yes­ter­day, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of FEMA, Al­haji Ab­bas Idriss, said the agency has con­cluded ar­range­ments to re­lo­cate the first batch of 500 IDPs who have in­di­cated in­ter­est to go back home.

He said over 10,000 IDPs are squat­ting in 31 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in the FCT, with the agency tak­ing care of their wel­fare and en­sur­ing their se­cu­rity.

He ex­plained that the law does not al­low NEMA or FEMA to set up camps for the dis­placed per­sons in the FCT as such the IDPs could not be housed at a des­ig­nated FEMA-run camp.

Idriss as­sured that the IDPs have been given psy­cho-so­cial sup­port to help them over­come the trauma they had ex­pe­ri­enced.

He also de­bunked the al­le­ga­tion that mem­bers of staff of FEMA have been di­vert­ing and mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing re­lief ma­te­ri­als meant for the IDPs, say­ing “by our train­ing, we are made to un­der­stand that what we do is pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices to peo­ple who need them. So what be­longs to peo­ple in need, we al­ways give them and we are even taught that when peo­ple are dis­placed, even if you don’t have what to give to them, you have to find a way of sourc­ing re­lief ma­te­ri­als for them.”

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