Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe has expressed the need for more efforts to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
Gaidam stated this on Tuesday when Ms Myrta Kaulard, Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), paid him a courtesy visit in Damaturu.
“In spite of the commendable efforts put in place by the State Government and other stakeholders, a lot still needs to be done.
“This calls for scaling up of activities to provide additional support to the IDPs, vulnerable groups and returnee communities,” he said.
The governor commended the WFP for supporting 17,000 children under the age of two with plump food supplements to address malnutrition in the state.
He also welcomed the proposed assistance to 7,000 households in Gujba and Gulani local government areas by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the WFP.
He pledged the readiness of the state government to partner with all humanitarian agencies to improve the lives of the people.
Gaidam commended the transparency of the state Committee on Resettlement and Rehabilitation of IDPs.
“We have not recorded any diversion of relief materials meant for the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in form of food and non-food materials; this has continued to be a source of consolation and pride for us in the state,” he said.
Kaulard said she was in the state to discuss areas of cooperation with the state government for effective intervention in resettlement of the IDPs.
“The WFP is here to discuss with the government and to take advice on areas of cooperation and intervention for improved service to the people,” she said. (NAN)