Yobe state government on Tuesday, commenced the distribution of 5000 radio sets to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state, Channels News reports.
The state government said it believes that giving the IDP’s transistor radio sets would keep them conversant with happenings across the globe.
The State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Aji Bularafa, who flagged off the distribution exercise at the Pompomari IDP camp in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, said the radios would also enable the IDP’S contribute their opinions in the daily activities of governments.
The Commissioner said:
“Today’s occasion is catalyzed by the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), to fill the gap in the information dissemination process in our communities.
“The 5,000 radio sets are provided to the state government by NERI, through bilateral agreement for distribution to IDP’s in the 17 LGA’s of the state.
“It is my fervent hope and believe that these radio sets would help in providing the necessary information on the activities of government to the IDP’s, which may eventually enlighten and educate them, thereby giving them the opportunity to express their views and opinions.”
The Commissioner noted with dismay, that the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency displaced the people, thereby depriving them access to timely and accurate information.
The state coordinator of the North East Regional Initiative (NERI), Mr. Kachalla Abacha, also spoke at the occasion added that the aim of providing the IDP’s with the transistor radio is to bridge the gap between the government and the governed in the area of keeping themselves up to date with happenings.
He also described the radio as an indispensable companion that would help them know and contribute to the nation’s development, he therefore urged beneficiaries to make the best use of the facility.