YOLA – The Presidential Committee on Victims Support Fund has commenced data collection on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) nationwide, Mr Alkassim Abdulkadir, the Head of Information and Public Affairs of the committee, said.
Abdulkadir made the disclosure in an interview with the News News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Wednesday.
He said that the Chairman of the Sub-committee on Data Collation, Retired Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep, was in Yola to collect first-hand information and assess the condition of the IDPs.
He added that “the Retired Air Marshal Jonah Wuyep, the Chairman, Sub-committee on Data Collation under the Presidential Committee on Victims Fund, was in Yola to collect accurate data and assess the condition of victims of insurgency camped in various locations in Yola.’
The committee spokesman said the insecurity and the condition of the IDPs were issues that the affected states could not shoulder alone, and that was why President Goodluck Jonathan set up the committee.
He said that the aim of the assessment visit was to bring succour to the victims of insurgency and other forms of violence across the country.
He added that the sub-committee had earlier visited Borno and was now in Yola, where it visited the NYSC Camp, the largest camp accommodating over 8,000 IDPs in Yola.
Abdulkadir said Wuyep had assured the IDPs of government’s assistance as the committee would look into their plight, especially in the area of economic empowerment. (NAN)