3,534 Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe state who are willing to return to their respective ancestral home are to benefit from a N200,000 Targeted Grant Transfer (TGT).
The intervention was released through the World Bank assisted intervention grant under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) aimed at targeting displaced victims of insurgency ready to return to their ancestral homes or any other safe location that they are willing to resettle.
Flagging off the distribution of the grant in Gombe over the weekend, the acting national coordinator of YESSO, Hajara Sani, said the major objective of the TGT scheme is to assist and encourage the enumerated IDPs to go back to their respective communities or any other safe location of their choice to resettle.
She explained that TGT, is a federal government conceived program in collaboration with the World Bank to help reduce the hardship of the IDPs in the North East.
The acting coordinator said every household is entitle to N200,000 which will be paid in tranches.
“The distribution of E- wallet to the beneficiaries and first tranche of 30,000 naira is what we are flagging off today and it cut across all enumerated IDPs.”
According to her those IDPs willing to go back to their communities will be entitled to additional 20,000 naira as relocation allowance, 50,000 naira resettlement allowance and the final 100,000 naira as stabilization allowance, which brings it to the sum total of 200, 000 naira per beneficiary.
She said before the distribution all the IDPs households were enumerated and documented through a process called post community identification carried out by some reputable Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), to ensure credibility.
Hajara said the register will also serve as a guiding document to other donor agencies and organizations that are willing to assist the IDPs in the zone.
All the beneficiaries that spoke with our correspondent lauded the TGT intervention which they described as timely.
Salmat Umar an IDP, from Maiduguri in Borno state, expressed her gratitude to the World Bank, the Federal and Gombe state governments for their efforts to rehabilitate the IDPs in the state.
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