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.
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.