Yobe gives land to Borno IDPs for per­ma­nent dwelling

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

The Yobe State Govern­ment has al­lo­cated plots of land and given build­ing ma­te­ri­als and cash to 307 In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDP), mostly Borno in­di­genes liv­ing in Kukareta self-es­tab­lished camp in Yobe State.

The state Deputy Gover­nor Abubakar D Ali who is also the Chair­man, Yobe State Com­mit­tee on Re­set­tle­ment, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Re­con­struc­tion, said the IDPs had re­solved to set­tle per­ma­nently in the host com­mu­nity.

“Con­sti­tu­tion­ally, the IDPs have right to live wher­ever they want to live. And no IDP, ei­ther from within Yobe or from neigh­bor­ing states or any­where, would be com­pelled to re­turn to their orig­i­nal set­tle­ment,” he said.

He also said that all the ben­e­fi­cia­ries would be made bona-fide in­di­genes in the state by pro­vid­ing them with in­di­gene let­ters of the host lo­cal govern­ment area, Da­maturu.

The deputy gover­nor also promised that the state govern­ment would pro­vide so­cial ameni­ties that in­clude clinic, wa­ter sup­ply and schools to aug­ment the ex­ist­ing ones in Kukareta and other re­turnee com­mu­ni­ties in the state.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Ha­jja Hauwa Bukar, said they de­cided to set­tle in Kukareta be­cause of the sup­port they con­sis­tently re­ceived from the Yobe State Govern­ment through the state emer­gency man­age­ment agency (SEMA).

“SEMA is al­ways pro­vid­ing food and other forms of liveli­hood sup­port to us, and they fa­cil­i­tated our shel­ter to­day,” she said.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries are IDPs from Dam­boa and Kaga LGAs of Borno State and Gu­jba Lo­cal govern­ment area of Yobe State.

Items dis­trib­uted to each of them in­cluded plots of land, blocks, zinc, nails, tim­ber, ce­ment, among oth­ers.

Photo: RSG

From right: Rivers State Gover­nor Nye­som Ezenwo Wike; Chair­man, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Bank­ing and Cur­rency, Mr Jones Ony­ereri; Deputy Gover­nor of Cen­tral Bank of Nigeria, Suleiman Ba­rau and Deputy Chair­man House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Bank­ing and Cur­rency, Sal­isu Ningi dur­ing a cour­tesy visit to the gover­nor at the Govern­ment House Port Harcourt yes­ter­day.

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