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Insurgency: FG moves to support return of IDPs in Yobe

Following the recent successes recorded by the military in the liberation of communities occupied by insurgents in Yobe State, the Federal Government has undertaken damages and  needs assessment of the affected areas to facilitate the early return of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) back to their homes.

The effort is being supervised through a special committee led by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Abdul Bulama. Members of the committee included officials of  the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA).

This was contained in a statement made available, yesterday, by the Senior Information Officer of NEMA, Sani Datti, in Abuja.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Bulama, in a meeting with the Yobe State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Ali, expressed the Federal Government’s concern about the plights of the displaced persons.

He said government is doing everything possible to enable them return back to their homes soon.
Bulama pointed out that the committee discovered through the assessment that the displaced persons and the affected communities require short, medium and long term intervention to cater for their immediate, intermediate and future needs.

he said that the support from the Federal Government was in addition to the relief intervention by NEMA which are being distributed to the IDPs pending the conclusion of the arrangement and clearance by the military for their return home.

“The assessment was carried out in all the affected Local Government Areas in Yobe State,” he said.

In his remark, the Yobe State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aliyu, thanked the Federal Government for the steps taken to support the return of the IDPs to their homes.

Communities visited by the committee included Gujba, Buni yadi, Bumsa, Bara, Buni gari, Katarko, Goniri, kukuwa, Geidam, Kanamma, Fika, Patiskum,  Gulani. Others are Damaturu, Damagun, Tarmuwa, Yunusufari, and Ngelzarma.