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Boko Haram: Gaidam advocates victims recovery

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Joe Ayaaji

Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has said the victims of Boko Haram insurgency require urgent recovery, just as he tasked humanitarian agencies to shift their attention to that direction.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam made the call today when he hosted the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Mr. Perry J. Calderwood who paid courtesies on him along with the Counsellor and Head of Development Cooperation at the Canadian High Commission, Abuja Ms. Linda Erichs at the Government House, Damaturu.

Gaidam said: “The most urgent challenge before us and indeed our partners and all stakeholders is how to alleviate the humanitarian situation and facilitate the recovery of the victims preparatory to the expected full reconstruction of the affected areas”.

Gov. Gaidam therefore called on the high commissioner to ” talk to and mobilise other international partners and non-governmental organisations for urgent intervention in providing food and essential non-food items, support to agricultural activities, etc. to the victims of the insurgency”.

On his part, he informed that his administration had set up a committee under the Deputy Governor to manage the humanitarian fall out of the crisis, adding that the committee has spent millions of naira to restore social services like water supply and deliver food and other essential non-food items support to the returning Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) in the liberated communities.

He informed that the State Government is working with the federal government and development partners to support and fully resettle people affected by the insurgency.

While counting the loses of the insurgency in the state, the governor informed that total destruction caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state both for private and public is cumulatively put as N30 billion

He described High Commissioner Calderwood’s visit as ‘clear testimony of Canada’s concern about the plight of the civilian population affected by Boko Haram insurgency and its commitment to the humanitarian needs in Yobe State’.

Earlier,Netherlands Canadian Ambassador said he is in the state to assess the humanitarian needs of the displaced people in the state,madding that he was impressed with the facilities put in place at the various camps he visit d in the state.
He announced a donation of $6 to the IDPs through humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, ACF, etc.
He was accompanied by numerous humanitarian agencies working on the ground in the State including UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, ACF and ONCHA, amongst others.

TG News gathers the Canadian Government has been supporting people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency through these humanitarian agencies.

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