The executive secretary, Taraba State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Nuvulga Dan Abu, has disclosed that over 70, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are currently taking refuge at different camps in the state.
Nuvalga, who stated this yesterday, in Jalingo, during an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday, said the high rate of insecurity across the country is the reason behind the increasing numbers of IDPS in the state.
He explained that federal government needs to intensify efforts towards making sure that the high rate of insecurity across the country is permanently addressed.
He lamented that if the government at the federal level fails to intervene urgently, the 2019 general election may be affected, noting that many people will be disenfranchised.
“I advised IDPs at various camps in Jalingo not to depend on government alone for their livelihood.
“You should sort for other alternative means to survive since government can not cater for you completely,” he said.
He informed that government has set aside numerous Skills Acquisition Centres at different camps for the displaced persons to be trained and be self reliant but regretted that majority of them want to be permanent IDPs.
“Hope Afresh Foundation, a petty project of the wife of Governor Ishaku, has been sending its people to the camps for skills acquisition training, to train some of them.
“Get something doing and keep yourself busy, don’t depend on government alone”, he noted.
The SEMA boss, who praised Governor Ishaku on matters concerning IDPs, added that the governor has been doing his best to provide succour to the IDPS.
“Government in its best ensures that each time we have situations like this, it intervenes promptly, releasing money for relief materials for IDPs and sending a lot of money on security to all those volatile areas”, he informed.
He however, called on the displaced persons who migrated from the neighbouring states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, etc to return to their places of abode, saying relative peace has been restored in those places.
“If they find this place suitable and want to remain here, they should be law abiding and remain and live in peace with one another”, he added.
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