The Nigerian Government has assured the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs that they will soon return to their homes to get back to their normal lives.
Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Abdu Bulama, gave the assurance at the weekend, when he paid a visit to the camp of the displaced persons from Yobe state, currently taking refuge in two Local Government Areas of Gombe state, both in the North-east.
Bulama, who visited the IDPs on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, said the President and the Nigerian Army were poised to end the insurgency troubling the North-East zone of the country.
“President Jonathan has provided the enabling environment and is doing everything possible to see that the insurgency is brought to an end. He is very conscious in discharging his responsibility in this respect, he is giving the Armed Force all the support they need,” he said.
The Minister said the purpose of his visit was to identify with the IDPs, see their living conditions and convey their messages to the Nigerian government.
Dr Bulama used the opportunity to thank the government for providing relief materials to the IDPs at all times.
The Minister assured the IDPs that the establishment of the victims support funds was aimed at stabilizing them on their return to their communities at end of the war against terrorism.
He commended the government and people of Gombe saying that “the Gombe state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo must be commended for providing an enabling environment for IDPs to reside in Malam Sidi, Kwami and Bajoga in Funakaye Local Government Areas of the state, without any harassment or molestation. Gombe is now their second home”.
In his remarks, the leader of the IDPs, Malam Ilu Gumsa lauded the Nigerian and Gombe state governments for their support to the displaced persons.
“We have been well catered for and we are grateful. We pray for a peaceful election in our country and an end to the insurgency,” Gumsa said.