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Osinbajo commends Borno Govt., NEMA over IDPs' welfare

02 July 2015, 07:55

Maiduguri - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday commended Borno Government for its efforts at ensuring welfare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

Osinbajo made the commendation while speaking with newsmen during a visit to Maiduguri.

He said his visit was based on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.

"I am here on the instruction of the president to do on-the-spot check on the physical situation at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, and to see the true situation around Borno and get to be sure of what exactly is going on.

"This I have done; of course you were with us at the IDPs camps, we were able to meet with the people and see how they lived and how they have been taken care of," he said.

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The vice president said he was elated by the manner the state government was handling the IDPs camps.

"Clearly the state government is doing an incredible job, NEMA is also doing an excellent job.

"The next phase is resettling the displaced persons in their communities in their homes, that is the most important thing in the next stage, and that is why I am here to understand the financial implication of that project; what are the material requirements, what the logistics will be, etc.

"That is exactly what we are trying to work out; we are trying to see for ourselves how and what needs to be done in this next phase,'' he said.

Osinbajo said the Federal Government was committed to ensuring the return of the IDPs to their homes.

"The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that all those displaced return to their homes and as much as possible we are able to rehabilitate them, rebuild their homes, markets, rebuild the basic infrastructure that is necessary so that they can go back home and continue with their lives.

"I have seen for myself and I have also had extensive discussions with stakeholders and I think I have a fair idea of what needs to be done.

"I am still going to come back as discussions are ongoing; we are not done yet, lots of plans are required."



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