By Bayo Alabira
Relief materials worth N30 million has been distributed to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living among the host communities in five local government areas of Jigawa state.
The distribution which took place at the secretariat of Gumel local government area was led by the chairman, Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of the North-East in the House of Representatives, Hon. Sani Muhammed Zoro, member representing Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigatari and Suletankarkar federal constituency.
Speaking to reporters after flagging up the distribution, Zoro decried lack of commitment by federal, state and local governments toward assisting the internally displaced persons found in camps as wells as those living with their relations.
He said: “I have gone round and seen the problems that these people are contending with everyday in the camps. It appears that the federal, state and local governments have actually abandoned them. 99 per cent of the IDPs are living with the host communities.
“I had gone round and find out that the IDPs living in various camps are not more than 250,000, while there are more than two million living either with relations or with the host communities, market stores, uncompleted houses, schools and in houses of good Samaritans who have been given food, clothes, and shelter.”
Also, the National Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Margaret Essien, said they were in Gumel to see the condition the IDPs are grappling with themselves the aim of assisting and mobilising reliefs from home and abroad.
He said among the items brought for distribution to the IDPs were 50 bags of maize, 50 bags of rice, sorghum, clothing, utensils, drugs, mosquito quail, wrappers and others.