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Refugee agency tasks IDPs on skill acquisition

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National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has tasked Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to engage in economic activities through the acquisition of skills.

The Federal Commissioner, Senator Basheer Mohammed, in his welcome address during the distribution of food items at Gwada IDP camp in Niger State yesterday, said some of the IDPs who were trained by the commission in various vocations were doing well in their new businesses.

Mohammed, who was represented by a senior official in his office, Mr. Jelani Inuwa, said the commission was worried about the rising cases of displacement across the country while acknowledging the problems of occasional flooding and banditry, which also displace people in the state.

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According to a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Press, Abdul Onu, the focus of the NCFRMI is to find a lasting solution for victims of such disasters through integration and resettlement.

A representative of Niger State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Salihu Garba, thanked the Federal Government for the gesture and called for more security intervention to end banditry in the state.

Items distributed include rice, beans, maize, millet, salt, oil and tomatoes.

MEANWHILE, Borno State Government is partnering with the North East Regional Initiative (NREI) to establish four community radio stations across the state.

The radio stations are to be sited at Monguno, Biu, Dikwa and Damasak, a northern border community with the Niger Republic.

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This was disclosed on Monday in Maiduguri by the Commissioner for Information, Babakura Abba-Jato, at a briefing to mark the first anniversary of Governor Babagana Zulum’s administration.

According to him, radio programmes can also sensitise people against illiteracy and Boko Haram terrorism in the various communities affected by the decade-long violence.

While speaking on Borno Radio and Television (BRTV) station, he said: “The FM Radio Biu Station has been completed and operational, while the remaining three community radio stations are to be built and equipped to commence community transmission.

“The BRTV station had been provided with a new transmitter, while booster stations would be established to ensure that it covered Borno, including neighbouring states of Yobe and Adamawa.

“We are also going to put the television station on satellite for citizens in the diaspora to receive clear radio and television signals.”

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