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North-East youths seek involvement in reconstruction of zone

By Kelechukwu Iruoma

Following the gradual degrading of Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east, youths from the zone have appealed to the federal government to involve them in the task of rebuilding the area through the establishment of North-East Commission.

Soldiers speak to people standing away from houses burnt by Boko Haram Islamists at Zabarmari, a fishing and farming village near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on July 3, 2015.  Several female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack, killing scores, the army and witnesses said on July 4. The latest carnage in series of attacks that have claimed more than 200 lives in just three days happened on Friday night in Zabarmari village, 10 kilometres (six miles) from the city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of the jihadist group. AFP
File: Soldiers speak to people standing away from houses burnt by Boko Haram Islamists at Zabarmari, a fishing and farming village near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on July 3, 2015. Several female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack, killing scores, the army and witnesses said on July 4. The latest carnage in series of attacks that have claimed more than 200 lives in just three days happened on Friday night in Zabarmari village, 10 kilometres (six miles) from the city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of the jihadist group. AFP

Alhaji Abubakar Kyari, National President, North-East Youth Peace and Development initiative, NEYPDI, made the request during their visit to some members of National assembly in Abuja.

Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume was also in attendance.

Abubakar said: “We the North-East youths are prepared and ready to run the commission when they are set up to ensure that the aims and objectives of establishing the commission are achieved.”

Abubakar further stated that youths from the zone laid down their lives to fight members of the insurgency through the formation of civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) which many of them lost their lives in the process.

Involving them in the Commission, according to Abubakar, would create jobs, economic empowerment and ensured the people of the area are not short-changed by those who may be engaged to handle projects in the area.

He urged the federal and state governments to expedite action in resettling the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) staying in Internally Displaced Camps because of the poor and unhygienic condition of those camps to avoid epidemic.

He added: “The problems faced by the IDPs and refugees include but not limited to lack of food, potable water, and medical care.”

Abubakar expressed regret that lack of adequate care has forced many displaced people to stealing, prostitution and other vices while in the camp.

He said the NEYPDI will cooperate with National assembly members especially the committee on IDPs in finding solution to the plight of the internally displaced persons.


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