The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Monday distributed relief materials worth millions of naira to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bauchi State.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar says the items include; 5,000 bags of rice, 7,000 rappers, 1,500 bags of beans, 4,000 pastes of tomatoes puree 20,000 sachet of maggi, 3,000 blankets, 600 pieces of mats among other valuable relief materials for the IDPs in the state.
The minister said the distribution of the materials followed some distress calls received by her ministry from the IDPs in different parts of the state.
“I received distress calls from the IDPs, particularly those in Inkil community requesting for the relief materials”.
“Although our main areas of focus now is early recovery, to help the IDPs rebuild their lives, but equally important is this kinds of urgent supports where relief materials are distributed to cushion the suffering of the IDPs”.
Faroug who commended the Bauchi state government for their continued support to the IDPs, said the North East Development Commission will intensify efforts to resettle the IDPs, adding that that will support them to heal permanently
The Minister also called on the Bauchi State government to support IDPs willing to integrate with the people of the state.
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“those who have found home in Bauchi State should be supported to integrate”, she said.
The state Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, who received the Minister, said over 56,000 IDPs taking refuge in the state are mostly from Yobe and Borno states.
Baba Tela who said the IDPs in Bauchi are putting pressure on the meager social amenities in the state, called on the ministry to continue to support the state government in its effort to resettle the IDPs.
He also called on the North East Development Commission to speed up its works to enable them make impact on the lives of the displaced persons in the north east.