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5,600 Yobe IDPs return home, get government relief materials

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Buni, yesterday distributed livelihood support materials to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) returning to four council areas to pick up their lives disrupted

The Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, yesterday distributed livelihood support materials to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) returning to four council areas to pick up their lives disrupted by the wave of insurgency.

The four councils of Geidam, Gujba, Gulani, and Yunusari were at various times attacked by Boko Haram terrorists. The over 5,600 IDPs, before their return, had taken refuge in camps and host communities in Damaturu, the state capital, and Kukareta.

According to Buni, the distributed materials were donated by the state government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the auspices of Agro-Processing, Productivity, Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project.

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While distributing materials in Damaturu, he said: “To recover and rebuild from the devastating effects of Boko Haram insurgency, the government needs to partner and collaborate with local and international organisations. The return IDPs to their homes is a good omen of relative peace in the state and progress in the war against insurgency. Our people are known for their industry and productivity, particularly in agriculture and livestock production.”

He explained that during the decade long insurgency, dozens of communities were attacked, resulting in destruction of public infrastructure and property worth billions of naira.

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The destruction also included killings, maiming and displacement of about a million people from four affected local councils. He said people from the four council areas were among the worst hit in the Boko Haram insurgency across the entire Northeast region.

As peace gradually returns, Buni also commended AfDB, implementing and development partners for integrating various livelihood support packages to the returnees. The packages include 300 animal tractions, ram fattener, breeding goats, fish farming kits, poultry production materials, artisanal fishing materials, improved seeds, and dignity kit packages.

One set of animal traction kit per two persons, three rams per person as well as four goats per person were distributed to the IDPs. He warned the returnees against selling distributed livelihood support materials and breeding livestock.

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