We’re evacuating all Abuja, Lagos IDPs back to Gwoza– Senator

We’re evacuating all Abuja, Lagos IDPs back to Gwoza– Senator
August 09 20:16 2016

Muhammad Ndume, representing
Borno South at the National
 Assembly, on Tuesday announced
plans to relocate Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) from
Gwoza living in camps in Lagos,
Abuja and Maiduguri back home.
Ndume made the
announcement while addressing
journalists in Maiduguri.

He said the IDPs would be
evacuated to transit camps
pending when they would be able
to go back to their homes.
“I am a serious advocate of
dismantling the IDPs camps and I
am working on that.
“We plan to create transit camps
in various localities to move our
IDPs from Gwoza,” Mr. Ndume
said.

He said that keeping IDPs camps
for long was counter-productive.
“In the history of the IDP camps
worldwide, once you insist on
keeping the camps, then you are
creating a permanent den for
criminality and laziness.
“The IDPs have been there for
three years; I always tell them
continue to stay there if that is the
life you want to live,” Mr. Ndume
said.
The lawmaker said he had held talks with
Gwoza IDPs in Lagos and Abuja toward
finalising the arrangement to evacuate them.
“We are moving all IDPs from the FCT back
home to Gwoza, they have agreed to go back
to transit camps in Gwoza and Pulka.
“So, from there people can go see their
destroyed houses and try to fix them and go
back.

“I met with 29 various groups in the IDP
camps in FCT and I am going to Lagos to tell
them we are closing the camps.
“The people have agreed that once
government gives them little support to go
back they will go back,’’ he said.
Mr. Ndume said the FCT Emergency
Management Authority and National
Emergency Management Authority (NEMA)
had also agreed to provide support for the
movement.

“We are talking with the FCT Emergency
Management Authority and NEMA they have
all agreed to help,” he said.
Mr. Ndume said the newly -appointed Gwoza
Local Government Area caretaker chairman
will inaugurate his council in Gwoza in a few
days time.
“We are making arrangement to go back
home, the local government caretaker
chairman will inaugurate his council in
Gwoza.
“The council will move to Gwoza, if the
council moves to Gwoza anybody staying
elsewhere is on his own,” he said.
Mr. Ndume said the Emir of Gwoza,
Muhammad Timta, had also agreed to relocate
to Gwoza.
“The Emir is going back to Gwoza any
moment from now,” he said.

(NAN)