Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State yesterday received 500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Plateau, Kaduna, Adamawa and Yobe States, promising to employ Certificate holders among them.
Yuguda, who received the IDPS at the Government House Bauchi, disclosed that their number in the state, had risen to more than two million.
He said that with the security challenges facing the country, particularly the North East, Bauchi State had become a safe place for IDPs because of the relative peace there.
The governor said that his administration, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), had put measures in place to accommodate any IDP, who wished to resettle in the state.
Yuguda said that he would provide land for the IDPs to settle, as well as support them with little capital to start something meaningful.
He also promised to employ those with National Certificate of Education (NCE), who wished to settle permanently in the state ant teach.
Earlier, Mohammed Hari, who led the IDPs, told the governor that they had settled in Too Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the IDPs sought the governor’s audience for assistance, to enable them settle and start up a new life.
One of the IDPs, Mr Dauda Sambo from Plateau, said he heard over the radio that Bauchi State was peaceful, and that the government welcomed any displaced person who wanted to settle there.
“I am from Wase Local Government Area of Plateau but because of constant crises in my area, I decided to come to Bauchi State.
“My house was burnt and as a farmer, I can no longer go to the farm for fear of being killed, so, I decided to come to Bauchi State when I heard that Bauchi is peaceful.
“My major challenge now is where to settle and how to acquire a piece of land so that I can continue with my work,” Sambo said.
Another displaced person from Oyo State, Mrs Rachael Paul, said she ran to the state from Nasarawa State even after the crisis in Jos.
“I am into buying and selling and I lost all my belongings, my house and everything, to the crisis in Jos, where I grew up.
“In search of a peaceful life, I ran to Nasarawa State but crisis also caught up with me there. It was there that I heard that Bauchi is peaceful, so I convinced my husband to let us come here,” she said.
She thanked the governor for accepting them but appealed for financial assistance to enable her continue her business. (NAN)