6 August 2012

Nigeria: Bauchi Needs N7 Billion for Displaced Persons

Bauchi — Bauchi State Government, Monday, said it required about N7.021 billion to re-settle persons displaced from neighbouring states, such as Plateau, Yobe, Taraba, Kaduna and Gombe states.

Permanent Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Alhaji Mahmood Garba, told newsmen in Bauchi that the government was putting the necessary logistics in place to ensure that it provides an enabling environment for the displaced persons in the 13 camps in the state.

He said: "Over one million people had already been settled in the state, but about 862 families are yet to be re-settled in Toro, Tafawa-Balewa, Bauchi and Dass local government areas.

"With the enormous challenge of ensuring that all these people get settled in the state, we are calling on Federal Government to complement the state's efforts through financial support."

He said the 13 camps for the displaced persons were in Wuru-Jauro, Marraban-Liman Katagum, Wuro-Magaji, Lere, Zabir and Magama Gumau, Road Block, Rijiyar Malam, Takanddan Giwa, Nabordo, Pan-shanu, Kellutu, among others.

Mahmood said from 2001 till date, the Governor IsaYuguda administration had released over N50 million for the re-settlement of internally-displaced persons through procurement of building materials, construction of schools, health institutions and provisions of social amenities such as water and electricity.

On how long the displaced persons can stay in their respective camps, Mahmood said the United Nations stipulates only six months with an option to leave when normalcy returns to the troubled areas, adding that some of the displaced persons had vowed to remain in Bauchi State due to relative peace and jobs that had been provided for them by the state government since they arrived.

He added that the Yuguda administration had already put in place measures to cater for victims of flood disasters and internally-displaced persons.

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