NGO to empower 1.7m Borno IDPs
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) – Peace, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation Initiatives (PRRI) has pledged to support and empower victims of Boko Haram insurgency who are willing to return to liberated communities in the North East sub-region of the country.
Executive Secretary of the organisation, Dr. Sam Ode, disclosed this at the weekend in Maiduguri while addressing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Dalori and Bakassi camps in Borno State.
His words: “In as much as we are committed to humanitarian assistance and safety in IDPs camps for two years now, PPRI is also concerned on how to empower you before you return to your communities.
“Your houses destroyed by insurgents would be rebuilt along with the those ravaged during communal clashes in Benue and Taraba states.”
The former minister of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) also visited the head office of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
He said his visit was to assess areas of partnership with government and SEMA on how his organisation could assist in rehabilitating and empowering IDPs in skills acquisitions.
Responding, the Executive Secretary of SEMA board, Alhaji Isa Alkali Goni, thanked Ode and his team for the visit.
He disclosed that Governor Shettima has set up a Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation (MRRR) to rebuild houses and structures in affected communities of Benisheikh, Konduga, Dikwa, Bama and others affected by insurgency.