Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno on Sunday commended the state government for its free feeding arrangement for displaced persons in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 100,000 IDPs, from 16 out of the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, are currently in refugee camps in Maiduguri.

A cross section of the IDPs who spoke with NAN in Maiduguri expressed satisfaction with the feeding arrangements at the camps.

Malam Modu Farama, an IDP at Federal Training Centre (FTC) camp, said he was happy with the feeding arrangement at the camp.

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“We are fed three times daily by the government with good food; some of us cannot afford such back home.

“We thought that the feeding was to prepare ground for the election, so we are surprised that it has continued even after the election.

“I think the government deserves commendation for this; we pray to God to reward officials of the state government abundantly for this,’’ Farama said.

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Malam Bukar Mala, an IDP at the Arabic Teachers College, also commended the state government for the feeding arrangement and providing health facilities at the camp.

“I want to commend the state government for providing clinics at the camps; it has been very helpful.

“My wife and daughter were sick last week, so they visited the clinic, they were given free drugs after being treated free by the officials,’’ Mala said.

He commended officials of the camp for providing the inmates with wears.

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“Sometimes they provide wrappers to the women in the camp and sometimes guinea brocade is provided to the men,’’ Mala said.

Mr Simon Usman, an IDP at the Wulari Christian Centre, also commended the state government for the gesture.

“The state government has really tried here; sometimes, they give the inmates some stipends to take care of their immediate needs.

“For many of us, this has been quite helpful,’’ Usman said. (NAN)

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