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Bauchi Needs N7.21bn For Resettlement Of Displaced Persons

| August 11, 2012 More

The Bauchi State government  has said that, it requires about N7.21 billion  for the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled to the state from the neighbouring Plateau, Yobe,Taraba, Kaduna and Gombe States as a result of crises.

The Permanent Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Mahmood Garba who disclosed this said, the fund  was needed in order to provide assistance to displaced persons settled in 13 camps across the state.

He explained that over one million people have already been resettled in the state, adding that about 862 families are yet to be resettled in Toro,Tafawa-Balewa,Bauchi and Dass Local Government Areas of the state, even as the permanent secretary appealed to the federal government to complement the effort of the state in bringing succour to the displaced persons.

Our correspondent gathered that the 13 IDPs camps include those at Wuru-Jauro, Marraban-Liman Katagum, Wuro-Magaji, Lere,Zabir and Magama Gumau villages. While the rest are in Rijiyar Malam, Takanddan Giwa, Nabordo, Pan-shanu and Kellutu villages in the state.

Garba  revealed that from 2001 to date, the government of Bauchi State has released a whopping sum of N50m for the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons  through the procurement of building materials, construction of schools, health institutions and provision of  social amenities like water and electricity.

On the length of time it takes IDPs to seize to be classified as such, the state emergency management  agency boss explained that the  United Nations deadline for IDPs lapses within only 6 months with an option to leave where normalcy has returned to the troubled area. He noted however that most of the IDPs have  indicated interest to remain in Bauchi State due to the relative peace in the state and the assistance they get from the state government.



Category: Bauchi State News

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