By Mike Abba
The government of Yobe State, through its Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, has commended the management of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) for valuable relief materials donated to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state.
He said the donated items would go a long way in assuaging the plights of the inmates who are facing the challenges of hunger, shelter and other necessities.
The deputy governor made this statement weekend while receiving scholastic materials donated to Mainstreamed Learners and Parents Caregivers; starter packs for small scale businesses as well as food items for the affected families in the host communities.
The relief materials worth millions of Naira are meant to meet the economic and social predicaments of the inmates. He also called on other organisations to emulate AMCON and come to the aid of the state.
Aliyu said a lot still needs to be done in the areas of rehabilitation, reconstruction, resettlement and reintegration of thousands of IDPs in Yobe and other northeastern states that were ravaged by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast, noting that items donated so far will go a long way.
According to the deputy governor, Yobe State remains about the most co-ordinated of all the affected states when it comes to dealing with the challenges of IDPs in the country.
He said, “On behalf of the government and people of Yobe State, I welcome you to our state and thank you for the items you have donated to the IDPs in Yobe State. I want to let you know that in Yobe, we are very methodological in handling the issues of IDPs.
“That was why the governor set up what you can call a one-stop-shop that handles anything IDP in the state because we are dealing with over 300,000 IDPs and 14,000 households that the state government allocated lands for the reconstruction of their houses. The figure is huge and so we need interventions like what you have done because the government alone cannot solve all the problems.
“As we speak, through the hard work and commitment of the state government, we have completed the rebuilding of most of the schools and hospitals. What we encourage donors like AMCON to do is to contact the committee so that we can guide you to channel your donations to areas that are critical. I thank you for what you have brought to our IDPs and we believe it would go a long way.”
Earlier in his address, Mr. Hassan Tanko, who represented the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru in Yobe told the Deputy Governor that AMCON was moved to assist because of the untold hardship the IDPs were going through due to no fault of theirs.
He said, “Your Excellency, what you are witnessing here today is a clear demonstration of our support to the government and good people of Yobe State. We are concerned by the sufferings of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) especially the children and indeed the families that were traumatised and destabilised by insurgence in the northeast, where violent attacks by extremists forced more than 2.2 million people to flee their homes including over one million children who are presently out of school.”
Tanko said AMCON designed the IDP intervention programme for three northeastern states that were worst hit by insurgence.