The Gombe State government has appealed to other states that still have Internally Displaced Camps, IDPs to dismantle them.
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo said camping people who were used to normal live was not human, not part of Nigerian culture and did not encourage or empower them to contribute to nation building.
Governor Dankwambo was speaking when the Head of Gombe Operations Office of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, Hajia Amina Ahman, paid him a courtesy visit.
“Whatever it will take to dismantle these camps, we should dismantle them before the end of this year. And that is without no recourse to any particular state or any particular situation. We should make effort to restore peace as we were told that peace has been restored in most places in the North-east. They should be encouraged to go back, settle in those places and continue with their normal life,” he explained.
Governor Dankwambo specifically commended the military and other security agencies for their various interventions in the zone all geared towards ensuring that peace and normalcy returned to the areas.
He also commended the Nigerian Government for its various interventions, such as the amount of money being pumped to the North-east.
Governor Dankwambo however, said the case of Gombe State was different, because most of the buildings destroyed by the insurgents were yet to be rehabilitated.
“One kobo has not been injected in Gombe by way of rehabilitation by the Nigerian government. I call on them to come to Gombe, rehabilitate those police stations that have been destroyed, rehabilitate those schools that have been destroyed, key in to other programmes that we are doing to alleviate the sufferings of people who have come into our State. We are all North-east, we have all been affected by the insurgency and we all deserve to be given attention as other states have been given,” the Gombe State Governor said.
He commended the pro-active response of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, whenever any form of disaster occurs in the state.
The Governor said most times before communicating to the office, field officers of the agency were at the scene of such disasters, assessed the situation and report same to their head offices, which often produce prompt response.
He commended various interventions by the agency in recent times, saying the beneficiaries are grateful for such interventions.
“When these disasters are finished, sometimes it is very difficult for them to resettle. So, I want NEMA to extend a little step forward by ensuring that after the immediate rehabilitation of those people, they also take time to ensure that various agencies or organisations plan well so that the victims could go back to their normal life,” Governor Dankwambo stated.
He promised that the State Government was ready to assist NEMA whenever notified in making adequate plan and budgetary provision.
The New Head of Operations of the Agency for Bauchi-Gombe Office, Hajia Amina Ahman commended Governor Dankwambo for his contributions towards disaster management, especially the initiative of dismantling the IDP Camps.
Hajia Ahman said the strategy was worthy of emulation by other state governors in Nigeria.