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FG plans settlement of 2.2m displaced persons in FCT

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There are indications that the Federal government has concluded plans to construct houses to resettle the over 2 million internally displaced persons from the north east at the federal Capital Territory , FCT , Abuja

The arrangements is part of the fall out of the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) in State House, Abuja, on Thursday, by President Muhammadu Buhari who directed that their rehabilitation should begin in earnest.

President Buhari directed the team to harmonise all humanitarian activities in the north east region for greater effectiveness informed the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last year (2019) with the mandate to develop humanitarian policies and provide effective coordination of National and International humanitarian interventions, among others.

But Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadya Farouk disclosed that the Ministry has secured land at the FCT for development that will serve as homes for the displaced people in Abuja.

“ I have visited the minister of FCT and he has assured us that he is going to give us land where we will really resettle these people.
“Don’t forget that these people have been there for a very long time, some of them might never go back to their communities and you can’t force them.

“That’s why we are looking at how we are going to get land for them to really put structures and resettle them- we are doing that.

The President who promised that Federal Government will ensure that permanent peace and stability returned to the troubled Northeast, charged “the armed forces to make clinical finishing of the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents”

“As a result of the mindless actions of the terrorists, many of our compatriots have been killed, maimed, or displaced from their communities. This necessitated the efforts of this Administration to develop immediate interventions and measures to alleviate the sufferings of those affected, and to ensure their proper resettlement,” he said.

“Because, what we receive from NGOs sometimes does not permeate, does not go down to the people there…So I got documents from intellectuals so that we could set up a ministry  that will coordinate the activities of NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) and others, so that the resources can be properly accounted for.”

This is the reason the ministry was set up so that the minister will account to the Federal Executive Council and make sure that the resources are properly utilized.”

President Buhari lauded local and international partners for their assistance over time, assuring them of continued government commitment.

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“I commend the support of our friends and partners who have over the years provided humanitarian assistance to our people in need. At the same time, I also seek their understanding in situations where our sovereignty and national security require more pragmatic and proper consideration.

“This government will continue to evolve ways of ensuring that all humanitarian actors receive the necessary support to carry out their activities safely, in line with established principles and taking cognizance of our national security imperatives,”

The Nigerian leader added that it was in realization of the need for a smooth working relationship that government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, approved a “Civil – Security Coordination workshop to provide a platform for all the stakeholders, to deliberate and agree on frameworks and guidelines for civil security coordination in humanitarian action.”

The President also praised the Armed Forces for their efforts so far, calling on them to intensify actions to bring an end to the insurgency in the country.

“I wish to commend our Armed Forces for their commitment towards
eliminating the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists and securing the affected communities for the resettlement and rehabilitation of affected populations. I urge our Armed Forces to put more efforts to bring the insurgency to a speedy conclusion.”

“In the Northeast, it is estimated that 2.2million people have been displaced, which presents a serious humanitarian challenge.

“This crisis coupled with coordination gaps in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria and clashes between security and humanitarian actors have brought about the existence of NHCC as one of the mechanisms of Civil-Security Coordination,”

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) will co-chair the committee.

 

Tony Ailemen, Abuja