The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, has disclosed plans to build 600-housing units under its proposed Resettlement City Project for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Borno State.
The NCFRMI Federal Commissioner, Sen. Basheer Garba Mohammed, made the disclosure on Monday while flagging off the verification exercise of over 350, 000 IDPs who will benefit from the agency’s Project Reliance.
According to him, the 2 bedroom unit of the housing estate would have educational and health facilities, skills acquisition center, markets and worship centers.
Speaking on the Project Reliance, the Commissioner said the initiative is done in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, towards making every displaced person self-reliant in the country.
According to him, every selected beneficiary of the project will have the opportunity to choose from more than 50 vocational skills, trading, farming and other businesses.
He added that the beneficiaries will as well receive training, a starter pack and start-up capital to become economically self-sufficient under the project.
He said: “At this point we will like to pay gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his unwavering commitment to the plight of Displaced Persons in Nigeria, we draw the inspiration to do our work from his love and concern for them and for this we are very grateful.
“Our focus on ensuring a strong lasting solution to the issue of accessible livelihoods was borne out of Mr President’s desire that the government alleviates the long suffering faced by vulnerable people in Nigeria.
“It is not only symbolic but befitting that we are starting this Project in Borno State, I am extremely proud of the Governor for his passion and commitment to the will of the people, especially in going above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done.”
Mr Mohammed also commended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouk for her continuous support, “kind and generous disposition to the issues of Displaced Persons in Nigeria”.
He added that, “with Project Reliance, we will require the optimum support of Policy Makers, MDAs, Embassies operating in Nigeria and International and local Aid agencies to key into our vision in reducing the suffering faced by vulnerable Nigerians.
“We will like to make a passionate appeal to our partners and potential donors that we will require collaborations in developing more livelihood frameworks, biometric profile and data management of beneficiaries, donation of skill centers and equipment; among several other forms of support.”
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the ceremony was attended by Governor Babagana Zulum; Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi; representatives of the CBN governor, Anthony Ifechukwu; and members of the Borno State Executive Council.