By Paul Efiong, Abuja
Honourable Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI),Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado) has assured displaced persons in Yobe State of continued support of the Commission to alleviate their suffering.
He gave the assurance in his remarks at the distribution of food items to persons of Concern Damaturu, Yobe State Capital
According to him, the mandate of the Commission, today,we are here to flag -off the distribution of food and non-food items to alleviate the suffering of the persons of Concern in the state.
The food items distributed were: 200 bags of 50 kg rice, 100bags each of 100kg beans, millet and maize respectively. Others were 152 bags of 10kg semovita, 210 rubber of groundnut oil(4litres), 61 jerrican of 20litres palm oil and 52 cartons of Maggi
“There is no doubt that the federal government under the dynamic leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated high level of commitment to the welfare of displaced persons in the country” he said.
“In this regard, the federal government, has empowered our Commission and is currently carrying the distribution of commodities to POCs in many states of the federation, while also embarking on construction of massive housing units to resettle displaced persons”
Senator Basheer Mohammed who was represented by the North East Zonal Coordinator of the Commission, Mr Abdullahi Ahmad Kaoje said the housing Project tagged IDPs Resettlement Cities consist of 600 units of Two bedroom bungalows each in the four initial states namely:Borno, Zamfara, Katsina and Edo which will be well furnished and equipped with facilities for education, worship, skills acquisition and farmlands among others.
He further stated that the Commission with the support of Central Bank of Nigeria has commenced another programme to substantially address the issue of durable solution for displaced persons known as Project Reliance. He expressed hope that the project would empower IDPs and provide them with skills for more meaningful livelihood. “Atleast, 50 different skills have been identified for them to choose”, he said.
Senator Basheer Mohammed urged beneficiaries to reciprocate government efforts by making good use of the items given to them to improve the well being of themselves and family.