By Ige Olugbenga
The Federal Government has donated relief materials worth several millions of Naira to over 3,000 victims of the frequent attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State.
The Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouq, who presented the items to the victims, said the gesture was to ease the suffering of the victims who were displaced from their homes during the attacks.
Farouq said the commission has the responsibility of ensuring that solutions are found for persons and communities who have been displaced by conflict, man-made and natural disasters.
Items donated included mattresses, bags of rice, grains, cartons of noodles, oil, blankets among others.
“The provision of relief materials today does not reflect the totality of our interventions, neither does it represent what we hope to achieve. Rather, it is a means for us to demonstrate to you that we empathize with the plight of affected populations.
“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that encampment of people is brought to an end. We are aware that encampment is necessary, though a temporary solution in emergency situations.
“We will therefore strive to see that displaced persons are returned home and actively integrated into communities in safety, dignity and with unimpeded, access to basic social amenities such as healthcare, adequate shelter, education, justice and security,” he said.
The Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Ezekiel Baba-Karik and representatives of the victims commended the Federal Government for the gesture and gave the assurance that they would use the items judiciously.