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Refugees commission distributes relief materials to 1,000 IDPs in Kebbi


Refugees commission distributes relief materials to 1,000 IDPs in Kebbi

The National Commission for Refugee, Migrants and internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has distributed care and maintenance items to 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Kebbi State.

The Federal Commissioner of the commission, Sen. Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado) who flagged – off the distribution of the items in Birnin Kebbi on Monday, said the the aim was to alleviate the suffering of the persons of concern.

He said, “There is no doubt that the federal government under the dynamic leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated high level of commitment to the welfare of displaced persons in the country.

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“In this regard, the federal government has empowered our commission and is currently carrying out distribution of items to persons of concern in many states of the federation, while also embarking on construction of massive housing units to settle displaced persons.”

Mohammed, who was represented by the Director of Finance and Account in the ministry, Muhammed Sani Gulmare, added that the housing project tagged IDPs Resettlement Cities consisted of 600 units of two bedroom bungalows.

“The benefitting states are: Borno ,Zamfara, Katsina and Edo States.

“The bungalows will be well furnished and equipped with facilities for education, worship, skills acquisition and farmlands, among others,” he said.

Mohammed also revealed that the commission with the support of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has commenced another programme to substantially address the issue of durable solution for displaced persons.

“The project is know as Project Reliance ,and is aimed at providing IDPs with skills for more meaningful livelihood.

” At least, 50 different skills have been identified for them to choose, ” he said.

The commissioner urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate government’ s efforts by making good use of the items to improve the well being of themselves ams their families.

In his remarks, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Aliero, Gwandu and Jega federal constituency, who is the Chairman House Committee on IDPs, Alhaji Muhammad Umar Jega, explained that the distribution of the items was in collaboration between the commission and Office of the Speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

“The IDPs are the most vulnerable as over 1,000 are displaced from their homes either as a result of natural disaster or banditry and insurgency.

“They are in need of protection, care and assistance. That is why the office of speaker house of representatives in collaboration with the NCFRMI came up with the intervention to reduce the suffering of these unfortunate Nigerians,” Jega said.

Also, speaking, a member of representing Bagudo/Suru federal constituency, Alhaji Bello Kao’je, said that apart from IDPs displaced by insurgency from the northeast part of the country, the state witnessed huge number of IDPs as a result of flood in 2020.

“Most of these IDPs came from Jega, Aliero, Gwandu, Suru and Bagudo, hence the need to collaborate with the office of the speaker and NCFRMI to ensure these vulnerable are assisted with food and non food items in order to alleviate their suffering,” he said.

Kao’je thanked the office of the speaker and the refugees commission for the intervention in his constituency in the state.

The items distributed include, 421 bags of rice, 205 bags of beans, 205 bags of grinded maize, 45 bags of millet irrigation pumping machines, insecticide, energy stoves and cooking pots, among others.

Refugees commission distributes relief materials to 1,000 IDPs in Kebbi

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