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Zamfara records 34,000 IDPs Households—Commissioner

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Zamfara records 34,000 IDPs Households—Commissioner

The Zamfara State Government on Wednesday said that it has recorded a total of 34,000 heads of households Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state with over 180,000 Women and Children following the dwindling security challenges facing the state.

The State Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Fa’ika Ahmad disclosed this in Abuja while opening the Four Days Workshop for review of Social Protection Policy (SPP)  implementation framework for the state.

The workshop was organised by the Save the Children International an NGO supported by the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO).

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She said “from the data is enough to know that the state is in need for humanitarian and social protection support”.

According to her, the present administration in the state is committed to ensure effective humanitarian support to vulnerable groups especially the IDPs.

“Currently the state established new Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

“Singing the policy by the state government is an indication of Gov Matawalle’s political will on effective social protection programmes in the state.

“We will ensure effective implementation of the policy for the benefit of the state”, the Commissioner said

She commended the SCI for various support it has been giving to the state, saying that the review of the SPP implementation framework will help government to implementvarious programmes of social protection.

She called on the participants to pay keen interest to various presentations during the workshop.

Earlier, the SCI-CDGP project Team Lead for the Zamfara and Kaduna State, Mr Muhammad Langaya said the workshop is aimed at strengthening social protection system in the state.

He commended Zamfara Government for signing the policy and upgrading the Directorate of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to the level of Ministry.

Langaya said the policy will play a vital role in reducing the vulnerability and level of poverty in the state.

He said the SCI spent Eight years implementing the CDGP project Zamfara being funded by FCDO.

He appreciate Zamfara government for providing conducive environment, support and cooperation for the SCI to carryout various development project in the state.

A total 30 participants were drawned from various MDAs of the state, SCI, CSOs and Media for the four days workshop.

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