Target set for return of IDPs back home
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE International Rescue Committee (IRC) has expressed commitment to intensify ongoing initiatives to assist internally displaced Boko Haram victims in Nigeria.
Former British Foreign Minister, David Miliband, who led a delegation to a meeting with Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, said IRC had to date assisted over 350 000 displaced persons, mainly in Adamawa and Borno States.
He called for an increased security presence in recovered towns and territories, saying that most prospective returnees still feared for their safety on their return home.
Meanwhile, Buhari set next year as date for persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency to their home communities.
He told IRC delegation that the Federal Government will welcome their support and other local and international non-governmental organizations for the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons.
“In 2016, the return of the IDPs will start in earnest. They will return to their communities to meet destroyed schools and other infrastructure which have to be rebuilt. With agriculture being moribund in the region in the last two years without cropping, hunger is already manifest. We will welcome all the help we can get to assist the returnees,” Buhari said.
The President added that there was an urgent need for support in the areas of agricultural inputs, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.
He urged the IRC and other international agencies to work with the Presidential Committee on the North-East and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to cater for the IDPs and restore some basic infrastructure in communities affected by terrorism and insurgency.
The Boko Haram crisis has displaced more than 2 million people. Over 20 000 have been killed.
– CAJ News
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