Charity Simon, Abuja
Adamawa State Government has been called upon to look into the plight of internally displaced persons and map out strategies to address their needs so they could live normal lives like other citizens.
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Alhassan made the call during her advocacy visit to the Adamawa State government in solidarity with the internally displaced persons in the state.
She said IDPs they deserved the support of everyone, as assuaging their sufferings fall within the jurisdiction of the state where they are housed.
“The biggest problem of the internally displaced persons is housing, access to information, employment and lack of basic necessities of life, and it behooves on the state and Federal government to collaborate as much as possible to bring succor and make life meaningful and worth living for our internally displaced citizens,” she said.
The minister, who was represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Binta Bello, also called on the state government to provide materials to enable houses to be built for the IDPs, as well as provide financial and legal assistance to them as they resettle from the camps.
According to the minister, Federal Ministry of Women affairs and Social Development provides aids and appliances to persons with disabilities, through its Nigeria Farm Craft Center for the Blind that trains and resettles the blind.
“It is the desire of the minister that the Government of Adamawa will conduct a survey of victims of insurgency with disabilities for effective planning and management, as the exercise and outcome will go a long way in securing the much needed psychological, educational and economic empowerment for the target group”, she emphasized.
The minister urged the state government to consider persons with disabilities for suitable jobs to reduce street begging and ensure their confidence, dignity and self-worth.
Governor Bindo Jibrila, while responding, thanked the minister for the ministry’s intervention on women, children, elderly, disabled and internally displaced persons.
Alhaji Jibrila promised that his government will appoint people living with disabilities as personal assistants and other government officials, as well as handle those in IDP camps with care.
The governor further promised to initiate a bill that will handle their issues.
Meanwhile, Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Hassan, has promised to ensure that such bill is passed into law.
The Speaker received the minister’s entourage with his principal officers including members of women committee in the house.
The minister also held a town hall meeting with women in the state, where she encouraged them to form groups of 10 or 20 persons and register with their local government as cooperatives that will qualify them to get loans from government.
The minister also inspected Malkohi IDP camp, listened to their cries and presented them essential commodities. She also visited Gadam-Marayu orphanage with the governor’s wife, Hajia Jibrila, and presented food and clothing items.
She also visited Remand home Yola and home for the handicapped where she gave out wheel chairs, mattresses and food items.