The Federal government has concluded plans to evacuate all internally displaced persons, IDPs, out of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and relocate them to their home states.
The Street Journal recalls that the IDPs had fled from their abodes in the North Eastern part of the country to the FCT as a result of the menace of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Chairman of Inter Agency Committee of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and the National emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Lambert Okpara, stated this in Abuja on Thursday on the occasion of the inauguration of the profiling of all IDPs for proper identification of their home states.
Okpara, who deplored the proliferation of IDP’S in the FCT, said the proliferation had become a source of great concern to all including government and explained that the move was to ensure the proper protection and rehabilitation of IDPs.
NEMA and NHRC are the two government agencies handling the exercise, which is said to be informed by the absence of government designated IDP camps in the FCT.
“As a result of absence of camps in the FCT, the IDPs have not received full attention as obtainable in the camps in the North East, where government and stakeholders have been providing facilities for their rehabilitation.
“Aside from living in dehumanizing conditions, the security of the IDPs at the settlement cannot be guaranteed.
“After identifying all the IDPs, they will be evacuated from Abuja by the federal government to their home states,” Okpara said.
He added that the trend had become more worrisome because there were no government designated camps, more so that the IDPs staying in various settlements in the FCT came mainly from the northern part of the country where the activities of Boko Haram are most devastating.