Former minister of Niger Delta Affairs and executive secretary of Peace, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation Initiatives (PRRI), a non-governmental organization, Dr Sam Ode has visited various resettlement camps hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State where he promised to partner with the government on how PRRI will assist in rehabilitating and empower IDPs in various acquisition skills schemes in the state.
Ode who also visited the head office of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, expressed readiness to support and empower victims of insurgency who are willing to go back to their liberated communities.
Dr Ode accompanied by his team said, PRRI which is a new NGO set up in the last one month was primarily concerned with how to empower victims of insurgency in the North-east, particularly IDPs whose houses were destroyed as a result of Boko Haram deadly activities and those in Benue and Taraba states who also suffered the same fate due to communal clashes.
According to him, the essence of PRRI campaign is to assist people who were once displaced by Boko Haram and whose communities have been liberated from terrorists by the Nigerian military operation on terrorism to live a normal life.
He said, “our pilot scheme in the north-east is starting from selected communities across Borno State where people visited at the various IDP camps have expressed their readiness to return home and be integrated back to their normal day to day activities using traditional ventures like farming, vocational training and empowerment initiatives.”
The PRRI executive secretary further saluted the Nigerian military for clearing and liberating all communities once held by insurgents in the north-east and happy that with their interventions, life could be more meaningful to people at IDP Centres who wish to go back to their respective communities again.