The Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, are comfortable in various camps they inhabit around the country.
The acting Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mrs. Ngozi Ekeoba stated this when the agency and officials of the Ghanaian High Commission in Nigeria visited the Kuchingoro IDP camp, a suburb, located in the country’s Federal Capital Territory.
Mrs. Ekeoba said the government had put measures in place to ensure that that the IDP’s who were displaced by the boko haram terrorists from the North Eastern part of the country were well catered for.
“We are here to reassure you people that Nigerians both young and old are very much concerned about the hardship you are facing in this camp, having to leave your various homes and be kept in an environment that is not conducive, it is a cause of concern to the government.
“It is not only Nigerians that are concerned, even our neighbours, like Ghana, are also concerned about the hardship you face,”she stated.
She said the Nigerian government and the military were trying their best to make sure that the evil of terrorism comes to end for them to return back home and be reunited with their families scattered all over IDP camps around the country.
“The government of Nigeria is very much concerned and they know what you are going through, the government is not resting but working hard to ensure that peace is restored and you go back to your various homes.”
An official of the Ghanaian High Commission in Nigeria, Mrs. Apaloo Genevieve, said in this period of lent, which is a period of sacrifice and sharing in the Christian calendar, the Ghanaian High Commission thought it wise to come to support the IDP’s to lighten their burdens.
On her part, a National Peace Ambassador and also a Human Rights Advocate, Splendour Joe King, a nine year old girl, said the visit to the camp was to share the pains of the IDP’s and to support them.
Splendour is helping to tackle terrorism and other societal issue, and has authored a book titled: Effects of Terrorism on Children.
“We here to share in your pain and to tell you that we care about you, be patient with the government, she appealed to the IDP’s.
Welcoming the team to IDP camp, the Deputy Chairman of the camp, Alhaji Usman Adamu, enumerated some of the challenges facing the Internally Displaced Persons.
Alhaji Adamu said there major challenges are lack of health facilities; lack of water, and the atmosphere and environment not too conducive due to the hot weather.
He also appealed to the government to provide jobs for able bodied men in the camp.
The National Orientation Commission with the support of the Ghanaian High Commission in Nigeria presented the IDP’s bags of rice, soaps, cooking oil, beans and other materials aimed at making their lives comfortable in the camps.