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Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Internally Displaced Persons camps to get skill acquisition centers

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in conjunction with the National Emergency Agency (NEMA), has inspected the several Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Adamawa state, to asses and evaluate the conditions of the IDPs.

During the two days visit, the Director-General, DG of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Alh. Mohamed Sani Sidi, along International Organization for Migrants (IOM), Institute for Conflict Resolution(ICR) and the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNCHA), promised to provide skills acquisition centres to the camps of the IDPs to enable them learn one trade or the other during their stay in the camps.

He gave this charge after inspecting the IDPs camps in state, located at Damare NYSC, Daware, Nyako quarters and Markoli in Yola-South.

Sidi pointed out that the federal government was determined to ensure that all the IDPs camps nationwide were upgraded to teaching skills acquisition, so that by the time the camps are closed down and the people move back to their places they would impact the knowledge they have learnt to the larger society while at the camps.

The DG, who led a presidential delegation to visit all the Internal Displaced Person’s (IDPs) camps in Adamawa state said he was happy that materials released for the welfare of the IDPs were assiduously supplied to them.

One of the District head of Gwoza town of Borno state , Alhaji Baba Idrisu, who was displaced along with 2000 others who were now settled at Daware camp of Fofure LGA , is now the district head of the IDPs who are mostly indigenes from Gwoza town, said they have stayed in Daware for almost a year in the camp.

The district head, while addressing the delegation bemoaned how the Boko Haram turned them to beggars and destitute beings as their properties were carted away by the insurgents.

He appealed to the federal government to expedite action, to enable them return back home adding no matter what government is doing to reduce their suffering , they still want go back home.


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