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House of Reps member empowers returnee IDPs with constituency allowance


Following the dislodgement of the Internally Displaced Persons of Gwoza and Damboa origin from the Bakassi Camp to their ancestral homes by the Borno State Government, the member representing the areas at the House of Representatives has provided empowerment packages to enable them to resettle in their new communities.

In a complementary effort to the government’s resolve to return all displaced persons to their ancestral homes and promote a wide range of agricultural activities and boost socio-economic activities across the agrarian communities, Ahmed Jaha on Wednesday distributed starter packs to the most vulnerable and poorest amongst the returnees in Chibok, Damboa, and Gwoza LGAs.

In a quarterly performance meeting at the multipurpose hall of the government in Maiduguri, the federal representative said, “I am here to showcase my performance in the past three months.

“I receive a monthly constituency allowance of N8.5 million from the Federal Government every month and since the inception of my tenure in June 2019, I have kept faith with my oath of office to report to you, my employers, of my activities at the national assembly, today is the tenth time I am empowering my people.

“I am distributing 300 generators to barbers and POS operators whom I have personally certified are in need of intervention. I have also distributed 150 sewing machines to the most vulnerable people among my constituents who have already been trained on fashion designing and tailoring as well as 80 deep freezers to the aged for use to sell iceblocks and cold water as a means of sustainable livelihood.

“To put the record straight, am not doing this from my pocket, it is from the monthly constituency allowance allocated to my constituents by the federal government and the national assembly as well as donations from the NEDC, Institute of Horticulture in Gombe, the National Centre for Women Development and the NDIC,” Jaha disclosed.

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“I have also built three clinics and donated three ambulances to the LGAs of Chibok, Damboa, and Gwoza to complement the efforts of the state government.

“I did not give these items to political thugs or charlatans who will go and sell them at a giveaway price, I deliberately delayed the distribution of this quarter’s items because of the IDPs who were returned to their ancestral homes recently by the state government so, when the government sent them away from the camps, I followed up with the empowerment because truly some of them are in serious need, some don’t have houses to return to as governmeny has not rebuilt their destroyed communities while some don’t even have a means of livelihood, so I followed all those that are benefiting today to their shops to verify that they are really in need of support,” Jaha concluded.


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