- The federal government has been urged by the internally displaced persons at the Gwoza and Bama camp Durumi, Abuja, to allocate farming lands to them
- The camp, which has been in existence for five years, has a population of 3,015 people
- The IDPs urged the federal government to allocate lands to them in Nasarawa or Kaduna states
Internally displaced persons at the Gwoza and Bama camp Durumi, Abuja, have appealed to the federal government to allocate farming lands to them to cater for themselves.
The public relations officer of the camp, Umaru Gola, made the appeal at a children’s day celebration organised by Golden Little Lights Organisation at the camp on Sunday, May 26, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Gola said that the camp has been in existence for five years now and has a population of 3,015 people.
He said that their existence at the camp had been dependent on the good will of Nigerians like the Golden Little Lights Organisation that visits from time to time to support them.
Gola said: “Our prayer is that government should relocate us where we can farm; we are Nigerians so anywhere we find ourselves we will accept it because we did not pray to find ourselves in this condition.
“We have 18 camps in Abuja including this one, yet we have little or less to meet our needs.
“We from the North-East depend on farming, out of 100 per cent, 85 per cent depends on farming so in this camp, 75 per cent wants to farm but no land."
He said that they were tired of sitting idle and living at the mercy of philanthropists, adding that because they are in Abuja there is no land for them to farm.
Gola therefore begged the federal government to allocate lands to them in Nasarawa or Kaduna states, or any other peaceful and accommodative state, where they can farm.
The spokesman thanked the Golden Little Lights Organisation for choosing to celebrate children’s day with the IDP children and prayed God to bless them.
He said: “Their visit today is a message directly or indirectly to the government that they are not doing enough for us; there are many ways government can improve the welfare of the displaced in Nigeria."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Bauchi state government denied reports that internally displaced persons at a camp in the state were feeding on onion leaves for survival.
Kabiru Yusuf Kobi, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)’s director for relief and rehabilitation, said there was no IDP camp in the state as reported in the media.
Kobi argued that since the Boko Haram insurgency started, there had never been anytime IDP camps were created, saying that displaced people had always been integrated into communities across the state.
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