56,000 IDPs in Bauchi appeal to govt for land, schools

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56, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba and Plateau states as a result of Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and ethno-religious crises to seek refuge in communities in Bauchi state have appealed to the state government to provide land for them to settle and schools for their children.

State leader of the displaced persons Malam Buba Musa Shehu made the appeal on Saturday while addressing journslists on their plights.

He uncovered that apart from the displaced persons that came from Borno state who were allocated land at Rindiben village by wife of late military president Hajiya Maryam Abacha where they made their settlement, the rest live in schools and other places in various communities in the state.

He added that aside lack of permanent settlement, their children are also not accepted in schools on the ground that government has not granted permission for their enrolment in the schools.

“Before we came here, we had our own businesses but our capital has finished now. We seriously need assistance from the Bauchi state government. Some of us now resort to hard labour to earn a living.

“We need all kinds of supports. We need capital, food and relief materials. Our children do not go to school because public schools do not accept them. And we do not have money to enroll them in private schools. Public schools do tell us that they did not get permission to accept our children”. He said.

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