Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
House of Representative member, AbdulRahman Terab, speaking for the people of Bama, Kala-Balge and Ngala federal constituency at the National Assembly, said on Friday that there was urgent need to set up resettlement camps for displaced victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
Terab who was responding to questions during an interview with journalists in Borno State, stressed that the state of emergency declared in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe had not brought the security situation under control as expected and that there was an increasing number of displaced persons who have lost their means of livelihood.
“It is the growing case of internally displaced refugees, inability to farm and poor access to medical care as well as education that has assumed the front burner in the humanitarian crisis in the region…the state of emergency declared does not only stop at deployment of security forces, but also rebuilding, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the destroyed communities,” he said.
The lawmaker called on both the state and federal governments, through their refugee and relief agencies, to set up camps in secure locations where these displaced persons would be provided with medical services, counselling and financial supports that will enable start life afresh.
Terab said the rehabilitation camps will go a long way to help determine those affected and the types of supports they require, stressing that this responsibility should not be left to government alone.
He also called on the international community and Non-Governmental Organisation NGO’s to provide aids and support in stemming the crises and even the eventual establishment of the camps.