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Government ensures safety of internally displaced victims

02 October 2014, 08:04Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure displaced children continued with their education and affected victims of insurgency were well taken care of.

Through the Presidential Committee on Procurement and Distribution of Relief Materials in states under emergency rule, the administration has flagged off the Safe Schools Initiative with 30 pilot schools and distributed relief materials worth N500 million to the victims.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are under a state of emergency owing to the Boko Haram terror scourge.

Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), disclosed the development is a statement.

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He quoted Director General of the agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi, who is the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Procurement and Distribution of Relief Material, as saying President Goodluck Jonathan formed the committee owing to his concern for the growing numbers of displacements recorded in the three states.

The Director General said there were about 4 600 IDPs in one of the camps located at National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yola.

He appealed to the IDPs that were still living in the host communities to come out and register so that they too could be properly catered for.

Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who represented the President, said the officials were in the state to sympathize with the government and to support the efforts of the state in ensuring that all the IDPs were taken care of.

She further stated that the Federal Government, through the Safe School Initiative, was determined to ensure that all the children of displaced persons attended school in an environment that was safe.

The team has already been in Adamawa State to identify some of the schools for the immediate take off of the programme.

- CAJ News


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