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IDPs drum support for Ndume’s senate presidency

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IDPs drum support for Ndume’s senate presidency

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Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno, have expressed support for the emergence of Sen. Ali Ndume as President of the 9th National Assembly.

They advocated for zoning of the senate presidency to the North East region and called on the National Working Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC), Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima and other stakeholders to support Ndume to clinch the senate apex position.

Some of the displaced persons told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Maiduguri that their appeal was to facilitate effective leadership of the senate toward consolidating successes recorded in the war against insurgency and other national issues.

Malam Buba Muhammed, a displaced person, said emergence of Ndume as senate president would fast track proactive legislation to facilitate successful operation of Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims in the war ravaged region.

Muhammed, who quoted Shettima as saying “Boko Haram insurgency has dragged the state to 50 years backwards’’, added that the colossal damage caused by the insurgency needed practical legislative approach to address.

Messrs Muhammed Gajere and Umar Abba-Tata said it was high time for political leaders and communities in the region to support Ndume to enable him win the senate president post.

Gajere said: “Political leaders from the North East region should work together and rally behind Ndume’s ambition in order to address the nagging unemployment, poverty and insecurity challenges bedevilling the region.

“Displaced persons in Borno organised special prayer sessions and fasting for some days to seek for divine intervention to actualise the emergence of Ndume as senate president.

“Our support to Ndume is in appreciation of his contributions to the plight of persons affected by the conflict and address humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Statistics by Borno State Government showed more than 5,335 classrooms; 512 primary, 38 secondary schools and two tertiary institutions were destroyed by the insurgents in Borno.”

Gajere noted that Ndume’s leadership of the senate would fast track effective implementation of government’s policies and programmes, to accelerate social and economic development of the region.

Earlier, Mrs Halima Adamu and Malam Abdulhammed Ishyaku, urged people from the region should support Ndume in view of his penchant for the improvement of their well-being.

Adamu added that Ndume was committed to the realisation of the APC-led administration’s change mantra.

He stressed that Ndume would provide absolute support and cooperation to the executive arm of government to achieve the goals of transforming the country.

Ndume (APC-Borno South) was re-elected for the third time; having served as the senate leader of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

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COVID-19: NYSC offers free medical treatment to 1,000 IDPs in Borno

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has offered free medical treatment to 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at the NYSC camp in Maiduguri in Borno state.

Mr Nura Umar, the NYSC State Coordinator, made the disclosure on Friday during the inauguration of its free medical care Programme  at the camp in Maiduguri

Umar said that the scheme was designed to enhance healthcare service delivery and improve the wellbeing of persons affected by insurgency in the state.

“We have a mini laboratory here at the camp for conducting test, and equally a pharmaceutical section where drugs are given to patients based on prescriptions of the doctors,”he said.

Umar said that the exercise was part of the activities lined up to commemorate the Anniversary of the NYSC Scheme.

He listed other activities to include sensitisation campaign at the camp to create awareness on safety and preventive measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the current NYSC Director General, Brig-Gen. Shuaib Ibrahim, had been playing a leading role in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Ibrahim Buni, an IDP, commended the NYSC for the medical outreach and efforts in providing essential services to them.

Buni also thanked them for the food items provided to him and the rest of the Internally Displaced Persons in the camp.

Hauwa Binta, another IDP, told NAN that she learnt necessary preventive measures of regular hygiene.

Benson Iziama edited

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FG distributes relief items to 9,600 IDPs in Borno

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The Federal Government has distributed food and other relief materials to 9,600 victims of fire disaster at the Muna Albadawi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a fire incident razed about 1,813 shelters at the IDP’s camp on May 23, leaving thousands without shelter.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, distributed the items on Tuesday during a visit to the camp in Maiduguri.

Umar-Farouq was accompanied by AVM Muhammadu Muhammad, the Director-General Of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The minister said she was in the state to commiserate with the people and the state government over the unfortunate incident.

Umar-Farouq recalled that similar incident occurred in Gamborun Ngala IDPs camp two months ago where about 14 lives were lost and properties destroyed.

She said that the relief items deployed by the ministry through NEMA was designed to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected victims.

“Our prayers and condolences go to all those who lost their loved ones and property in the disaster.

May Almighty Allah comfort them at this difficult moment.

“I wish to extend the condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Government of Borno Dtate.

“I am gratified to note that NEMA is already rendering technical support and relief for those affected. We have deployed our relief items in terms of food and non-food items to the affected victims.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and we will be providing every support required as investigation continues in the course of the incident.

“In view of the human and material toll this fire incident took on our lives, the Ministry in consultation with relevant agencies and stakeholders are evolving new strategies for an all-hazard approach that would prioritise fire prevention and mitigation,” she said.

According to her, the ministry has activated an immediate long term plan to kickstart the process of early recovery, which would include sustainable homegrown models for rehabilitation recovery and constructions.

“We are working in partnership with the Borno Government to kickstart 10,000 mass housing projects which have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari this year.

“I commend the officials of NEMA and the state Management Agency for their timely response and the immediate activation of the crisis response protocol under the leadership of the newly appointed Director-General of NEMA,” she said.

In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum, recalled that the Gamborun Ngala fire incident two months ago destroyed more than 1,500 houses, noting that the Muna Albadawi’s incident is equally devastating.

Zulum said: “The only solution to the incessant fire outbreak is to ensure that more permanent houses are built with a view to resettling back people to their localities.

“The major reason is that houses are made of corn stocks, coupled with the windy nature of this area; it is very easy whenever there is an outbreak, the entire area would be completely affected.

“Therefore, as you have rightly pointed out, the issue of medium and long term sustainable solution is the only way out.”

The governor commended the federal government for the support it was rendering in uplifting the standard of living of the displaced persons in the state at crucial times of needs.

Malama Uwani Ali, one of the survivors, lauded the government over the support, describing at as “life-saving”.

Ali, who is a mother of nine, said she lost everything to the inferno.

She expressed gratitude for the mattress, buckets, clothing and food items donated to her.

Mrs Aisha Ladan, another victim,  said the support has brought succour to her as well as her dignity.

“We have lost everything.

“We slept outside in the rain, but the support would enable us to build our homes and fend for our children,” she said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Foundation donates food items to IDPs, orphanage, others

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Prof. Dakas CJ Dakas Foundation on Sunday donated bags of maize, beans, sugar, garri to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), orphans, widows and persons living with disabilities in Jos.

Mrs Beatrice Dakas, who presented the food items to the IDPs living in an uncompleted building in Rayfield, said that the gesture was to alleviate the plight of the beneficiaries.

Dakas said that the foundation was concerned with how the beneficiaries were surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to support them.

“The news on social media of the IDPs occupying an uncompleted building attracted the foundation’s attention to the unbearable conditions the people were living in.

“The place the people are living in, to say the least, is not habitable.

“And that is why we are here to identify with them and  give them some hope that God will bring them out of the situation. We do hope that other spirited individuals will follow the same path,” she said.

Mr Chung Yakubu, who thanked the foundation on behalf of the IDPs appealed to other spirited individuals to emulate the foundation in supporting the needy.

Dakas, who also visited Our Lady of Apostle Orphanage, Zawan, commended the management for taking good care of the children in the way of the Lord.

She said apart from the donated items, the foundation would continue to pray for the orphanage.

Rev. Sister Patricia Iwunze, in charge of the orphanage, thanked the foundation for the donation and show of love.

Mr. Seth Attah, Leader of Joint Association of Persons Living With Disabilities (JONAPWD), received the donations on behalf of persons living with disabilities in the state.

Edited /Felix Ajide

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ADSEMA registers 20 pregnant women, 135 infants as IDPs in Lamurde camp

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The Adamawa Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) has registered 20 pregnant women and 135 infants at the Kopte Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Lamurde Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Dr Muhammed Sulaiman, the Executive Secretary of the agency confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Yola.

Sulaiman said that the agency registered 890 IDPs, following recent communal crisis in the state.

He said that the communal crisis erupted in Tigno, Dutse, Sabon Gari and Tito in Lamurde LGA.

“Out of the 890 IDPs, 135 are infants and 20 pregnant women.

“A total of 237 and 498 IDPs are between the ages of six to 18 years and 19 years and above respectively,’’ Sulaiman said.

He said the agency had presented three trucks of palliatives to two other IDP communities of Bolki and Gon that were also recently attacked by gunmen in Numan LGA.

The items included 200 bags of rice, 200 bags of cornflour, 40 Jerry-cans of cooking oil, 100 bags of cement and 50 bundles of roofing sheets among others.

Responding on behalf of the two communities, the Sole Administrator, Vulpi Development Area, Mr Geoffrey Alhassan, thanked the state government for the assistance.

Also, the Village Heads of Bolki, Chief Kusama Shaba and that of Gon, Mr Benedict Medan, said it was the first time they received such palliatives after the areas witnessed several different attacks by unknown gunmen.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ramadan: Foundation, Israeli Embassy donate food items to IDPs

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Mr Dauda Ibrahim-Daura, Executive Secretary, Brand Life Vision Foundation, has donated 200 cartons of food items to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), during the 2020 Ramadan fasting.

Daura while delivering the items on Thursday at the IDPs camp in Durumi, Abuja, said the items were donated by the foundation in partnership with the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria.

He also said that the food items were put together in collaboration with ChabadAid, MAG Tech System Ltd, Heritage Bank, Pugan Technologies and Kings of the World, all NGOs.

“We were here last year, so this time, we remembered them with our partners from Israel and they contributed some food items.

“We feel that they are the people that need these items the most, that is why we have decided to take them to our brothers and sisters.

“Everybody knows that we are all in hard times. It is a global challenge the world is faced with economic hardship, so, it is not only in Nigeria.

“We implore everybody, who has the ability to assist, to reach out to the IDPs, because they are more faced with hardship.

“Government is doing its best, but more needed to be done by private organisations to achieve the desired goal in lending helping hands to them.

“50 per cent of our problems in the society will be solved if we go beyond religious and political divide, and show love to IDPs and less privileged,” he said.

Speaking in the same vein, Hajiya Binta Sidi, Executive Director of the Foundation, expressed appreciation over the assistance given to the women in the IDPs camp.

According to her,  it is a thing of joy seeing that women were assisted in the IDPs camp.

She said that when it comes to the aspect of politics, more votes come from women and their children. So, why should they not be helped?

“That is why we think we should show our passion, our vision and mission by coming down to distribute the food items.

“We are feeding 600 IDPs in Kano and Yobe States respectively. Last year we did 600 in Kano and 600 in Yobe as well.

“For now, we brought 200 cartons of food items, but we are thinking of enrolling 20 IDPs children of both sexes in school after the Eid-el Fitr.

Sidi explained that the choice of the children would not be based on their tribe or religious background.

She further said that providing education for the children was in the bid to support the women, adding that there was no gift greeater in life for a growing child than basic education.

Meanwhile, Mr Idris Halilu, Coordinator and Spokesperson of Abuja-based Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), thanked the foundation for the donation.

Halilu said, “I am happy that the gesture was carried out without tribe or religion bias.

“The IDPs in Durumi, Abuja, and Nigeria at large, thanked the foundation for their kind gesture and for the group that came together to donate during the COVID-19 lockdown and Ramadan.”

He mentioned that the IDPs camp has a total of 2,830 people, including men, women and children.

He said that the inability to access quality healthcare service delivery was the main challenge of the IDPs in the camp and appealed to the Federal Government to intervene.

In a remark, Mr Ibrahim Ahmadu, Chairman of the Durumi IDPs Camp, urged the government to prioritise the wellbeing of IDPs, to ensure better future for them.

“We want the government to provide for our wellbeing; we will like to go back to our home town.

“Most people in the camp are concerned about the poor settlement of their home community. If it is settled, we will return,” Ahmadu said.

He said that life in the camp was mostly sustained through communal living, sharing in love of any donation we had to the 11-groups that we have.

For her part, Mrs Liyatu Ayuba, Women Leader of the Durumi IDPs Camp, thank the foundation, saying that it was not the first time the organisation would be visiting  the IDPs.

Ayuba said, “It is indeed true that women have responsibility to cater for their children at the home front.

“We have widows among us and they take responsibility to fend for their children; we also have women here with their husbands who are not doing anything,” she said.

She, however, said that women formed the least chunk of the population at the IDPs camp with approximately total of 185-200.

The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation that seeks to give succour to less privileged women and children.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Sallah: Foundation provides palliatives to IDPs in FCT

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An Abuja-based Educational and Charity Organisation, Nurul Yaqeen Islamic Foundation in collaboration with Muslim women, has donated clothes and food items to 150 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the FCT.

Director of the foundation, Imam Yahya Al-Yolawi, while presenting the items at Durumi IDPs camp, on Sunday, said the donation would improve the living condition of IDPs in the month of Ramadan and during sallah celebrations.

Al-Yolawi used the occasion to appeal to the conscious of wealthy Nigerians, especially the residents of FCT to extend relief assistance to IDPs and other less privilege groups in the territory.

The cleric also called on corporate organisations and government to introduce skills acquisition training programme for the displaced persons and establish schools for their children and mobile clinic for pregnant and nursing mothers.

“I am deeply touched with the condition we found this people as if they are not human beings or part of the society.

“But I am very optimistic that if corporate organisations, well meaning Nigerians and government decides to intervene the living condition of IDPs in this camp will improve and the story will change.

“When there is helping hands and assisting the poor and needy, most of the security challenges bedevilling our country will reduce drastically,” Al-Yolawi said.

He reiterated the determination and commitment of the foundation to collaborate with individuals and organisations that are ready to make life easier for the needy and poorest of the poor.

Al-Yolawi tasked Islamic clerics to preach in words and in action, saying “let’s preach in given out and let match the propagation of ideals of Islam with extending hands of assistance to the poor.”

Earlier, Mrs Rabi’a Umar, leader of the Muslim Women, said the idea to assist the IDPs was borne out of concern to feed the less privilege during the month of Ramadan.

“The whole idea came when the Federal Government imposed lockdown before the beginning of Ramadan so we decided to gather food items together since we cannot cook it and share to the people during the time of breaking of fast.

“We earlier visited an IDPs camp at Kabusa District and donated used clothes and foods items to them and after that many people contributed more cloths and food items.

“We decided to collaborate with the Nurul Yaqeen Islamic Foundation to reach out to the IDPs camp at Durumi Area I,” she explained.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Kajuru Attack: Group  donates relief materials to IDPs in Kaduna

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An NGO, Global Peace Foundation of Nigeria (GPF), has donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The News of Nigeria report that the IDPs where displaced by gunmen who invaded Gonar Rogo village on May 12.

The Country Director of GPF, Rev. John Hayab and the. Northern Coordinator, Mr Sheikh Haliru-Maraya presented  the items to the IDPs, which included bags of rice and beans, soap and condiments.

Hayab urged victims of the attack to shun reprisals, saying they must explore peaceful dialogue to ensure sustainable peace.

“We are one family under God, our mission is gospel of peace and forgiveness, we know you may have lost your loved ones, property, but please don’t retaliate.

“Revenge always creates instability and hatred. Peace should be given a chance.”

Hayab appealed  to the state government to take drastic measures that would stop barbaric killings and bring perpetrators of the crime to book.

Responding, Mr Patrick Maigari, Kajuru LGA Chairman of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee, urged people in the area to be calm, assuring that the government was making concerted efforts to check the menace.

“Already security agencies have been drafted to the area to ensure peace and security,” he said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Gbajabiamila restates govt’s commitment to address IDPs challenges

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has reiterated the commitment of  the Federal Government to addressing various challenges facing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

Gbajabiamila said this in a statement issued by Mr Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, on Friday in Abuja.

The speaker made the commitment during his outreach programme at the Durumi IDP Camp, where he donated food and sanitary items to the Durumi and Kuchigoro IDP camps.

Represented by Hamzat Baba, Special Assistant on IDPs,  the speaker urged the displaced persons not to despair and assured them that they had not been forgotten and would not be left behind.

He said efforts would be made to ensure that every Nigerian that had suffered the misfortune of being forced to flee their homes would be encouraged to return to productive livelihood.

Gbajabiamila  donated over three hundred bags of rice, cartons of vegetable oil, cartons of noodles, packs of hand  sanitisers and bags of face masks among other items.

“We are here to extend our arms of fellowship to our brothers and sisters who, in flight from conflict and deprivation, have come to find a measure of peace in the protection of this camp.

“We have come bearing gifts which we hope will in some small way, help to improve the circumstances of life for all those who are resident in this camp.

“More than that, we have come bearing assurances that you have not been forgotten and you will not be left behind,” he said.

The speaker also  made a commitment of his time in office, to ensure a return to productive livelihood for all citizens of Nigeria who suffered the misfortune of being forced to choose between dying at home and running away to survive.

“Allow us the honour of spending the day with you as brothers and sisters, and may God bless and keep us all through the challenges of the present times,” the speaker said.

Responding, Mr Idris Halidu, the Coordinator/Spokesman of Abuja-based IDPs, commended the gesture of the speaker, adding that Gbajabiamila was the first lawmaker to remember IDPs in Abuja since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The speaker has been around for a long time and we know him, he is not a bench warmer; he has been very active and proactive.

“He is the first to remember us since the outbreak of this pandemic.

“As we thank him for this kind gesture, we implore him to help to resuscitate the IDPs Bill.

“It passed second reading in the Eighth National Assembly but could not go further. We want to encourage him to assist in revisiting the bill,” the IDPs spokesman said. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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NEMA distributes food items to 38,000 IDPs in Borno

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday distributed assorted food items to 38,000 displaced persons in various camps in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Flt. Lt. Umar Sabi, Head of NEMA food distribution in charge of Borno, distributed rice, beans, maize, tomato paste, seasoning, salt and cooking oil to the IDPs at Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri.

Sabi said the exercise was in continuation of efforts to provide succour to the IDPs,  in line with the mandate of the Minister of Humanitarian affairs Disaster Management and Social Development.

“The items were distributed through NEMA to address the needs of Internally Displaced Persons affected by the Boko Haram insurgency under approval granted by Director General NEMA, AVM Muhammed Alhaji Muhammed (rtd).

NEMA is providing food assistance to over 234, 000 displaced persons monthly who are residing in IDP camps, host communities and liberated communities in Borno state.

“This round of distribution started at Bakassi IDPs camp on May 7, 2020 and is expected to be concluded before the Sallah celebrations,” he said.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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