Written by Austine ELEMUE

Communal Clashes: FCTA to tackle 8,828 IDPs

 The Federal Capital Territory Administration is seeking measures to camp no fewer than 8,828 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs from neignbouring Nasarawa and Kogi States, who were recently displaced as a result of communal clashes that erupted in those states.  

This revelation was made by the Director General of FCT Emergency Management Agency, Alhj. Abbas Idriss after a stakeholders meeting held on the camping of the IDPs in Abuja last week.

  Idriss, who further explained that the displacement of persons was informed by the communal clashes between the Ebira people of Kogi and Bassa people of Nasarawa States in four communities, added that the FCT became involved because the IDPs were taking refuge in Kwali and Abaji Area Councils of the FCT, hence the imperative to properly camp, feed and secure them.  

He revealed that a suitable accommodation has been found at the Senior Secondary School (a boarding school) in Dangara, Kwali Area Council where only the IDPs would be sheltered for the one month camping in the month of September since schools are on vacation.  

According to him, "after the one month camping, which is expected to open from September 1 and last for the whole month, the IDPs would be repatriated to their various communities of origin, in line with international law, which stipulates that reparation should be to place of choice, voluntary and dignified.”  

The Chairman of the camping committee, Engr. Daniel Gambo, also said that as soon as the two state governments are done with their peace efforts and camping arrangements, they will move them their various original places of abode.  

Gambo, who is the Operations Coordinator, International Emergency and Aids Initiative also said that the right thing to be done, internationally was not to repatriate IDPs from one camp to another camp.  

Gambo reeling out different camp rules stated that some activities being lined up ahead of the camp opening included cultural display by the different peoples from the two states, Islamic and Christian preaching, peace-mending meetings among traditional rulers from all sides.  

The coordinator also said that the IDPs who are predominantly farmers, would also be taught way of preserving farm produce, basic health tips, sensitization on skill acquisition, environmental hazards and sanitation among others    

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