Naomi Gabriel —
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital commissioned the Bulunkutu Teachers’ Quarters, a 500 low-cost housing estate for IDPs constructed by the state government, with support from the Federal Government.
Buhari also affirmed his administration’s commitment to reducing the effect of disasters, climate change, insurgency and challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He directed the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to come up with specific programmes to address urgent threats posed by explosive remnants in the North East region.
“One of the most innovative steps taken by our administration was the coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts with the entrenchment of coordination of emergency humanitarian in line with international best practices, Buhari said.
“The emerging issues include the increasing number of orphans and widows. From our experience in the unfortunate civil war, I know the threat that unexploded ordnances can pose to returnees, even after the conflict, as we saw in the latest IED incident in Bama just last week.”
He praised humanitarian aid workers across the globe for distinguishing themselves through their courage, commitment and drive to help their fellow humans in need – often at extreme personal risk to themselves.