For many returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) whose home have been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, help came last Friday when the Peace, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Initiative (PRRI) led by the Executive Secretary, Hon (Dr.) SAM Ode gave cash support of 2.5million naira, food items worth N5 million and improved seeds and crops worth N2.5million.
The gesture according to Dr Ode is to assist the returning IDPs whose communities have been liberated from terrorists in the north east to enable them return home and move on with their lives.
Speaking at the event, Ode emphasised that the task of helping the IDPs to return back to their various communities became necessary after his NGO took an assessment tour of selected communities in the north east that were once ravaged by insurgency and confirmed that the Nigerian military have carried out a total recovery of the area and now suitable for human habitation, though requiring urgent government efforts for meaningful life to take off.
He hinted that the team is moving to some pilot Local Government Area that have approached the NGO with some special requests to provide them with seeds, food items and cash support to help the people quickly resettle.
While welcoming the NGO, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai El-kanemi maintained that the Nigerian authorities have helped to push out members of Boko Haram out of his domain in less than one year of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that the insurgents in the first place are non indigenes of Borno State who came to earn a living as a
result of the magnanimous and hospitable nature of his subjects with a history of about 1300 years. He promised to provide the enabling environment for PRRI to be able to carryout her humanitarian activities which according to him is the first of its kind since his domain was visited by the ugly activities of Boko Haram.
The Executive Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Engr. Satomi Ahmed while speaking thanked the PPRI team for the gesture. He also called on well meaning Nigerians and spirited individuals to support the IDPs to return back to their homes.
The SEMA boss who spoke on behalf of the Borno State Government praised PRRI for its timely, transparent and laudable Initiatives to give back to the IDPs in a manner that has not been witnessed since the inception of interventions for the people.
It was gathered that the beneficiaries were selected by a team comprising of clerics, highly respected members of the society and local NGOs in Borno State.