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NGO offers succour to returning Borno IDPs

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Bothered by the plights of returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), whose homes have been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, in the North-East, a non-governmental organisation, PRRI, has given them a cash support of N2.5million, food items worth N5million and improved seeds and crops worth N2.5million.

Bama IDP Camp: Cross Section of women at Bama IDP Camp in Maiduguri  during Minister’s Tour of Bama . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.
Bama IDP Camp: Cross Section of women at Bama IDP Camp in Maiduguri during Minister’s Tour of Bama . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

The Executive Secretary, PRRI, Dr. Sam Ode, said the gesture was aimed to assist the returning IDPs whose communities have been liberated from terrorists in the north east to enable them return home and move on with their lives.

Speaking at handing-over ceremony in Borno State, Ode emphasised that the task of helping the IDPs return to their various communities became necessary after his NGO took an assessment tour of selected communities in the north east that were once ravaged by insurgency and confirmed that the Nigerian military have carried out a total recovery of the area and now suitable for human habitation, though requiring urgent government efforts for meaningful life to take off.

He hinted that the team is moving to some pilot Local Government Area that have approached the NGO with some special requests to provide them with seeds, food items and cash support to help the people to quickly resettle.

While welcoming the NGO, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai El-kanemi maintained that the Nigerian authorities have helped to push out members of Boko Haram out of his domain in less than one year of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He added that the insurgents in the first place are non indigenes of Borno State who came to earn a living as a result of the magnanimous and hospitable nature of his subjects with a history of about 1300 years.

The Shehu of Bornu, promised to provide the enabling environment for PRRI to be able it carryout humanitarian activities which according to him is the first of its kind since his domain was visited by the ugly activities of Boko Haram.

The Executive Chairman of SEMA, Engr. Satomi Ahmed while speaking, thanked the PPRI team for the gesture. He also called on well meaning Nigerians and spirited individuals to support the Internally Displaced Persons to return back to their homes.

The SEMA boss who spoke on behalf of the Borno State Government praised PRRI for its timely, transparent and laudable Initiatives to give back to the IDPs in a manner that has not been witnessed since the inception of interventions for the people.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries were selected by a team comprising of clerics, highly respected members of the society and local NGOs in Borno State.

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