INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS CHARGE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON WELFARE

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As Nigerians come to terms with the recent upsurge in the frequency of attacks by the Boko Haram terror group on Internally Displaced Persons camps especially for those in Borno state, correspondent Kazeem Kasali visited one of such camps in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja to see what the situation is like for the residents. Nostalgic feelings some may say but for these Nigerians, living even in an IDPS’ camp is worth celebrating as long as they are alive. For them unlike there fellow Nigerians who live in the comfort of their homes, these people have no access to the basic necessities of life. A walk through the camp by this reporter reveals the abject lack of basic amenities like water and even conveniences such as toilets.

The only borehole serving the Kuchi Goro displaced persons camp was provided by the Australian Government and this woman who came to draw water from the tank left disappointed. For Usman Adamu, Vice Chairman of the camp’s residents association its a story of neglect and lack of basic amenities of life. He says the government must play its role to ensure that the people live at least decently.

A look at the playground where the dance by the group took place will show that its just a part of the makeshift primary school which serves the camp. This University don who is a regular visitor to the camp says the federal government must drive development in the camp especially the provision of basic amenities and a secondary school to cater for those who have left primary school and are just idle roaming the camp.

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