About 325,000 IDPs are camped in Plateau State– NEMA
No fewer than 325,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are taking refuge in various camps in Plateau State, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Malam Abdulsalam Mohammed, its Coordinator in the North-Central, told newsmen in Jos yesterday that most of the IDPs are from crisis-ridden states of the North-east.
“This figure was computed some months ago; from what we have heard from the fields, the figure must have gone up now,’’ he said. He said, however, that NEMA was expecting the figure to go down soon, following the reported success of the Nigeria army in the fight against insurgency.
The NEMA official said the agency has consistently worked towards improved living conditions of people in IDP camp and promised to do even more till they all move to permanent abodes.
He said officials are usually assigned to the camps, while some visit them intermittently to check their living conditions.
“In fact, I have just visited an IDP camp located in building materials area in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area, and I am happy to tell you that I met them in a very good condition. I took special interest in the children and can tell you that they are healthy and in very good condition too,’’ he said.
He said NEMA had initiated some programmes to aid the educational growth of children to ensure that they are not left behind. “We have engaged some qualified teachers to teach the children in some make-shift classes.
Some of the IDPs wrote this year’s Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) at various centres; NEMA registered for them,’’ he said.
The NEMA official said steps have also been taken to secure the IDP camps to forestall any attacks from unknown persons.