By Suzzy Tolofari
Yola – The Adamawa Government said it planned to facilitate the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the state to their states and shut all IDPs camps in March.
Gov. Mohammed Jibrilla made the disclosure when members of the National Logistics Committee (NLC) on distribution of relief materials to IDPs paid him a courtesy visit
on Thursday in Yola.
The governor, who said 99 per cent of the IDPs taking refuge in Adamawa were
from Borno, added that “we planned to close all camps in the state by March this
Jibrilla said Adamawa was a peaceful state, adding that plans were underway to make the state investors’ friendly.
He added that “we are, therefore, calling on investors to come and invest in Adamawa
to boost our economy and spur development.”
He said the state had three formal IDPs camps located in Malkohi, Fufore and Damare “but we are hoping to close all camps in March. The concern, however, is the relocation of these IDPs, which is long overdue.
“Most of the IDPs; about 99 per cent of them are not from Adamawa but because they are Nigerians and they are humans, we have to look after them for this long
“We want to collaborate with Borno Government to assist us in relocating the people to their home state — Borno.
“Our plan is to see all IDPs camps shut by end of March because we are eager to show the world that Adamawa is really a peaceful state.”
Customs Assistant Comptroller-General, Abdulkadir Azarema, who led the team, expressed delight over the care shown by the state to IDPs in the state.
Azarema said the committee was committed to ensuring the wellbeing of displaced persons, adding that the team was in the state to evaluate the needs of the IDPs.