The Federal Government has given the committee inaugurated for the rehabilitation and re-integration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north east a ten days ultimatum to come up with a relocation plan.
The Chairman of the Presidential Initiatives for North East (PINE), Prof. Soji Adelaja stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during the inauguration of the committee members.
Adelaja said they do not have a lot of time and need to develop the plan very quickly because the way people are moving back into their communities was pretty high.
He said: “This is not a committee that will work for probably a month to come up with plan, with all the planning, this is time to come up with action and am suggesting that our work is done for the maximum of two weeks if possible within ten days.”
He said "they should be able to fashion out our reports and get the necessary approvals for the real work to be done."
The chairman said now was "a great opportunity as a nation to manage all those things taken time to plan into an action step that will drive the rehabilitation of many of our citizens that have been displaced."
According to him, in resettling the displaced persons, apart from assisting them with relief materials, a lot of constructions have to be done in the schools, community centres and conditions of their homes as well as engaging them in areas like Agriculture and more.
“As a nation together with our partners, we need to put our heads together to deliver our plan to Mr. President to see that people settled back in their communities and homes,” he said.
He said the committee was constituted in recognition that there are capacities on ground and people are already doing things to assist the IDPs.
The terms of reference of the committee include to assess the status and conditions of liberated communities to determine which ones are ready for occupation, assess and determine, in conjunction with other relevant agencies, the immediate needs of the returnees and to assess, recommend and implement modalities for the return of the refugees to their communities among others.
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