Nasarawa IDPs return home despite challenges

Posted by News Express | 20 July 2015 | 2,539 times

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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from communal crisis in Nasarawa State in 2014 have been returning to their lost homes since the February resettlement exercise by the state government amidst many challenges.

Among the challenges some of the returnee IDPs have been faced with are insecurity and lack of basic needs like accommodation, educational and health facilities.

Public institutions like schools, police stations, hospitals and palaces were destroyed during the crisis.

In Ugah and Assakio communities, where Channels Television visited, residents pointed to the fact that there was no functional Police station, raising concerns about impending threat to civil peace as they go about rebuilding their homes.

The IDPs in Ugah and Tudun Adabu also complained of lack of Police presence since their return four months ago.

However, the Police have reacted by saying that they would keep patrolling the areas until peace returns before restoring Police posts in the areas.

Governor Al-makura, at the weekend, deployed a mobile clinic in addition to relief materials already sent to some of the communities, emphasizing the importance of the medical intervention in the resettlement exercise.

Meanwhile, IDPs in Tudun Adabu complained about the diversion of funds by some individuals to sabotage the State Governor’s effort.

It was acknowledged that the government’s motive in distributing relief materials might be genuine and there were calls for it to ensure that the relief materials reach those in dire need of them – Internally Displaced Persons. (Channels TV)

*Photo shows Governor Al-makura


Source: News Express

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