The Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Basheer Mohammed has distributed relief items to 42,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who are victims of banditry in Katsina State.
A statement on Friday, by the Head of Media and Communications Strategy of the agency, Alkasim Abdulkadir, stated that the agency targeted displaced persons across seven communities in Batsari local government area of the state.
“We commiserate with you over the incessant attacks suffered by rural communities in Katsina State, especially the recent tragic attacks in Tsabuwa in Batsari Local Government Area, Gurbi and other parts of Kankara Local Government Area.
“Those who lost their lives and property were our brothers, sisters, parents and innocent children.
“We commiserate with the communities and the State as a whole. We recognize the pain that comes from these senseless acts of destruction,” the statement quoted the Commissioner as saying.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the beneficiaries received grains, hygiene products and household items.
Speaking to one of the beneficiaries, Aisha Tumba, who lost her only son, Musa Sani, in the attacks said, her son who was the bread winner left her with 20 children of varying ages and it’s now her responsibility to cater for them.
“I thank them for giving me this things it will go a long way in helping me and the children left behind, I have 20 children to care for” she said.
While addressing the press at the visit, the Commissioner said it has become imperative for the commission to respond to the plight of the IDPs especially the widows in order to help ameliorate the present plight.
He used the opportunity at the occasion to announce the proposed NCFRMI Resettlement City Development Project.
“Katsina will be one of seven other States that will benefit from this 500 household Resettlement City intervention – fully equipped with facilities and livelihood support schemes.
“Each Resettlement City is proposed to have a clinic and educational learning centre that will ensure the health and wellbeing of citizens and support our children in Katsina to a good education regardless of their economic status,” he said.