The Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment in resettling the IDPs in Borno state.
Farouq disclosed this during the visit of the UN under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) and his Team to her office in Abuja.
She said the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is very committed to ensuring that the issues of insurgency would be addressed and it would be a thing of the past and that the IDPs would be returned to their respective communities in safety and dignity.
According to her,” we have government agencies saddled with the responsibility which my Ministry is coordinating, I am sure you are aware that the Ministry came on board specifically to address these issues, we will do our best to see the issues being addressed especially in the area of resettling the people (IDPs), supporting them to rebuild their lives and have dignified living”.
She added that the visiting team had just witness the settlement of the IDPs to their areas of abode.
The Ministry has agencies under it’s purview, for instance, the North East Development Commission was created to rebuild the North East, especially Borno State. The Ministry is working assiduously to ensure its mandate to provide effective coordination of all Humanitarian Interventions Nationally and Internationally.
Farouq commended the the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for a good working relationship and interventions provided.
She said the problems are enormous, however, with the intervention provided, the vulnerable in the communities can earn a living that can sustain them.
Earlier, the UN – Under the Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ ERC), Mr. Martin Griffiths, said as a result of his visit to the Governor of Borno State, he got a firsthand experience of the tragedy that occurred in that region, which has passed a strong message for a medium term engagement to see the successful returning of these people to their homes with dignity, respect and prosperity.
He said that he is proud to identify with the reconstruction that has begun to take place in this part of the country.
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