FG begins distribution of relief materials to returnee IDPs

Internally Displaced Persons stand waiting for food at Dikwa Camp, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016 Internally Displaced Persons stand waiting for food at Dikwa Camp, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016 (AFP Photo/)

Internally Displaced Persons stand waiting for food at Dikwa Camp, in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016 (AFP Photo/)

The Federal Government on Saturday inaugurated the distribution of relief materials to no fewer than one million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who returned to various communities in Adamawa and Taraba.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation Lawan Babachir who inaugurated the distribution said the exercise was on the platform of the Presidential Initiative for the North East.

Represented by Alhaji Ibrahim Patel, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babachir said government would reach out to all states affected by disasters, natural or man-made.

“Today, we are launching the distribution of relief materials to over one million internally Displaced Persons who already returned to their various respective homes and villages in Adamawa and Taraba.

“Government felt it necessary to see how it palliates the suffering of the affected communities in the region and other parts of the country,’’ Babachir said.

He said that the materials were meant to assist the returnees’ to re-start their lives in their respective communities and advised them to make good use of the materials.

Earlier, Gov. Muhammadu Jirillah of Adamawa thanked the Federal Government for the support.

Jibrillah, who was also represented by the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ahmad Sajo, said that the state government would cooperate with the Federal Government to assist the returnees.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among items distributed were food, building materials and wrappers



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