The Secretary to the State Government for Adamawa, Dr Umar Bindir, has appealed to the Federal Government for logistic support in housing, schools, tools of trade and training for returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS).
Binde made the appeal on the sideline of the handing over ceremony of relief materials to IDPs in Yola, on Friday.
He said that 99.9 per cent of the remaining IDPs in the Adamawa were from Yobe and Borno .
“The only challenge that we have is when this will all end because now Mr President has ensured that the active Boko Haram activities are slowing down to a stop.
`We have to push our efforts to the limit to make sure that these IDPs go back to their villages.
“In addition to the food and relief assistance, we want logistic assistance, real support in terms of housing, schools, tools of trade and training to ensure that the IDPs gets active with life when they go back to their communities.
“Also that the schools that are shut and are being used as centres of IDPs can be active as schools.
“The NYSC camping facility which is not enabling us to camp NYSC corps members properly will now be re-opened so that Adamawa state can move forward,’’Bindir said.
He said, “the state is pleased that the traffic of IDPs into the centres is slowing now; for us in Adamawa State, nearly 100 per cent of our IDPs have returned back to their villages.
“And we are working with the Borno and Yobe state governments, we hope that we can facilitate these IDPs to move back to their villages. We hope that this happens very soon’’.
Bindir said that the speculation about the camps being mismanaged was untrue, adding that the teams the state deployed to manage the formal and informal camps had been efficient and reliable.
He said that chances of the team mismanaging the affairs of the camps, especially in terms of food items, were slim.
“We have storage in all our centres and they take inventory of everything that comes in and out, we even count the sack of rice after cooking,’’ Bindir said.
The Deputy Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Mr Sunday Peters, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the intervention of the Federal Government by assisting IDPs in term of relief items.
Peters said that the misconception of the public about the local organising committee selling off food items meant for IDPs was untrue.
“What usually happens is that there are IDPs that have returned to their communities, those people when given food and other relief materials go to market to sell to get money at hand.
“These people cannot be controlled because they also need money to buy other items to prepare the rice given to them.
“And we, the public, see these items in the market, begin to accuse the officials at the IDP camps.
‘’I want to assure the public that the food items we have here are safe and these foods will get to the right people,’’ Peters said.
He said that the officials managing the IDPs camps were doing their best and the issue of diverting IDPs food, ‘’I know is not in the character of the people of Adamawa.
“As a member of house of assembly, it is part of our constitutional responsibly to make sure that the welfare and well-being of the people are guaranteed.
“We are doing our best through the oversight function to make sure that what is meant for the IDPs goes to them. ’’
The Head of NEMA, Yola Operation Office, Mr Sa’ad Bello, said that the total population of IDPs in the camps was 1,599.
Bello said that the IDPs were more than 5,000 but had educed.
“`The camps consist of 850 women, 672 men and 77pupils.
“I assure you that these relief items will go to the beneficiaries and for the food we carry out central cooking and it will get to the kitchen,’’ Bello said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the issue of theft and diversion of relief materials for IDPs has been a source of concern and as a result the government has ordered an investigation. NAN