On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the Adamawa Government said it will finally close all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state in the New Year.
While briefing newsmen on the results of the just concluded State Security Council meeting, on Wednesday, Mr Martins Babale, the Deputy Governnor of the State, revealed this.
Accordng to Mr Babale, the administration is unhappy with the incessant existence and even increase in the number of IDPs in the IDP camps throughout the state.
Babale, the Deputy Governor, also happens to be the Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, and has said that the unrelenting increase in IDPs in the camps throughout the state was not good for the sake of publicity as far as the state is concerned.
He also added that when all parts of the country affected by insurgency has been recovered and put in shape, these IDPs would become a problem at the time, and so the government would want to take steps now to curb the future problems bound to arise as a result.
“We will take steps, including encouraging them to settle in villages; we will collaborate with all stakeholders to make sure that between now and January 30th, everyone has left the camps.”
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, also spoke on the decisions resolved and taken at the meeting, saying that the meeting was about the need for enlightenment of the public on vigilance to curb insurgents. According to Sajoh, the government plans mass education of the people, to be on alert, and learn to report any suspected insurgency.
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According to Sajoh, the state government knows about the apprehension and arrest of certain suspects in Lagos, and as a result, the state government has no intention of taking any chances with insurgency.
There are also plans for the government to collaborate with organizations to help deal with the problem, Sajoh said. Organizations like the National Union of Road Transport Workers could go a long way in helping track fleeing insurgents from the Sambisa Forests, he concluded.