The Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Prof. Mohammed
Al-Amin, has decried the sanitary and living conditions in Internally Displaced
Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri.
He described the conditions at the camps in the Borno
State capital as deplorable and unhealthy.
Al-Amin, who slept in one of the camps as part of
activities marking the just-commemorated World Habitat Day, said the living
conditions of the IDPs were below the internationally recognized living conditions
for such camps.
The Federal Housing Authority official lamented that
facilities at the camps were presently overstretched.
"No agency of government should be blamed for this
as the war as dragged for too long and there was no adequate budgetary allocation
to take care of the IDPs."
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He said the over 500 000 displaced persons in the state
needed to be rehabilitated psychologically and mentally.
The Boko Haram crisis has displaced more than 2 million
people over the years.
“We will continue to mobilize both human and capital
resources for the rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction of all the
destroyed communities in the North East," he assured.
He said the formation of cluster communities in the
affected towns and villages in the sub-region could enable the FHA in
collaboration with other donor agencies and stakeholders to expand the housing
chain at such camps.
Al-Amin noted that governments at all levels had moral
responsibilities of improving the living conditions of IDPs through the provision
of adequate shelter in their localities.
“There must be total provision of shelter for everyone,
whether the people live in rural or urban centres of the country,” he said.
- CAJ News