Banditry: 7 million displaced people, need humanitarian aid in the northeast

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From Okwe Obi, Abuja

The federal government said 7.1 million people in the North East region needed relief, a situation caused by banditry.

The government, through the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, further disclosed that 1.8 million people were internally displaced.

Umar Farouq, who said this at the first edition of the 2022 Management Retreat, yesterday in Abuja, said climate change is contributing to the humanitarian situation, worsening floods and drought which are depleting the country’s arable land resources. .

She said the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) guides stakeholders in managing the affairs of individuals. Therefore, the national social investment program was designed to tackle the problems of poverty and unemployment.

According to her, the retreat was organized to allow stakeholders to reflect on how to improve the updating of the ministry’s mandate.

On his part, the permanent secretary of the ministry, ANasiru Gwarzo, said that during the three years of existence of the ministry, he has developed policies which serve as an instrument guiding the implementation of the various programs and projects of the ministry. .

Gwarzo called on participants to “tell each other the truth” as they reflected on the need for improvement in the sector.

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