FCTA to deport 8,828 IDPs to ‘their states’
Plans have been concluded by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, to relocate no fewer than 8,828 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, t back to their respective home states.
Chairman of the ministerial committee on the relocation of the IDPs, Abbas Idriss, who made this disclosure, explained that the planned relocation of the IDPs was to enable them participate in next year's general elections.
Idriss, who also as the Director General of FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, gave the indication during his recent visit to various camps and locations in Abaji and Kwali Area Councils.
While leading other members of the inter-agency committee to interface with the stakeholders, he said it was primarily to evaluate the need and arrangements to return the IDPs to their indigenous Nasarawa and Kogi states.
Those visited include chairman of Abaji Area Councils, Abdulrahman Ajiye and his Kwali counterpart, Joseph Shazin, who was represented by the council's head of administration, Mumbu Idris, just as the team also visited the Ona of Abaji, Adamu Baba-Yunusa before moving to Kwali.
Idriss said: "The FCT minister has asked us to thank you most sincerely for your support in hosting these our sisters and brothers who were displaced from their indigenous places in neighbouring communities from Kogi and Nasarawa states, because of communal clashes between Bassa and Ebira communities.
"The minister also directed us to come and see how we can move them back to their states for them to take part in next year's election so as not to disenfranchise them.
"We appreciate your support because we know that it is not easy hosting and making them comfortable; and to also seek your support in this relocation process.
"Those who are willing to go back to their places, we are directed to liaise with you and relocate them, but those who are not willing to go back, we will have to find a place for them to stay because it is their constitutional rights to stay in any part of Nigeria."
Idriss also urged Abaji Area Council to establish a local emergency committee to effectively liaise with FEMA and the FCT Administration in terms of emergency.
"We have NEMA at the national level, SEMA at the state level and LEMC at the local level. We need to set it up because apart from natural disasters, we need to communicate with the people on projects and programmes, as well as inform them on climate change issues,” Idriss said.
He revealed that the minister was very concerned about their welfare and rights, just as he assured that his team would return in one week's time with relief items for the IDPs.
Responding, the Ona of Abaji, Adamu Baba-Yunusa, decried the difficulty and convenience involved in hosting the IDPs, calling on the FCT administration, private and public organizations to come to their aid.