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New Wave Of IDPs, Major Challenge In Adamawa – Commissioner


Adamawa state commissioner for information, Alhaji Ahmed Sajoh, has said that one of the greatest challenges confronting the Bindo Jibrilla-led government is the influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state occasioned by crises in neighbouring countries of Cameroon ,Central African Republican including Boko Haram ravaged states of Borno and Yobe.

The commissioner made this disclosure yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of LEADERSHIP group in Abuja.

“Now our new challenge is the IDPs. We had the largest number of IDPs during Boko Haram’s occupation of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa. Gradually, those in Borno and Yobe are returning home while those in Adamawa have almost completely returned. But then, a new wave has started. There is crisis in Central African Republic and Cameroon. And as a result they packed all Nigerians living in those countries and dumped them at our borders.”

According to him, what is more worrisome is that some of the IDPs don’t know where they hail from as they have not been to their home country for many years.

He said the state government was trying its best but that was not enough to cater for the large number of IDPs that is on the increase.

He called on the Federal Government and international donors to come to the aid of Adamawa State.

While calling on the media to help support the cause, the commissioner noted that the state with its lean resources cannot tackle the problem of the IDPs alone and needed intervention to cater for them.

On what the state was doing to stem the tide of economic recession , he said the government was going back to agriculture to drive the economy pointing out that only agricultural development and untapped resources in the state can sustain the economy.

Sajoh also commended the LEADERSHIP reportage of activities in Adamawa State, noting that the newspaper had been consistent in reporting credible news and hje also urged the media house to continue with its objective reporting. He particularly commended the effort of the Adamawa State LEADERSHIP correspondent, Ismail Mohammed, whom he said does not plagiarise like others.

In his remarks, the group managing director, LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Mike Ekpere, thanked the commissioner for the visit, pledging the support of the newspaper in publicising the activities and policies of the Adamawa State Government.

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