NHRC decries neglect of 4,000 IDPs in Taraba

The Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission,
NHRC, has decried the neglect of no fewer than 4,723 Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) at various locations in Taraba.
A statement issued by the commission’s Deputy Director,
Protection and Investigations, Lambert Oparah, on Sunday in
Abuja said that Mr. Angwe made this known while on an official
visit in Taraba.
The statement said that Mr. Angwe described the situation in
Taraba as highly deplorable and requiring urgent attention.
“Despite the fact that most of the IDPs had spent more than two
years in their settlements, neither the government nor relevant
agencies showed concern about their plights.
“At Gullong, one of the settlements with over 259 IDPs, there
were no foodstuffs, no mattresses, no security or even medical
facilities for the displaced persons and their children.
“The children were roaming about without any form of
educational programme.
“The Taraba government and relevant agencies have the
obligation and responsibility to protect and provide for these
people because they are Nigerian citizens,” the statement said.
The statement, therefore, called on the National Emergency
Management Agency to take steps to rescue the situation.
Mr. Angwe promised to liaise with the Presidential Initiative on
IDPs to improve the living standard of the internally displaced
persons.
The statement said that Nugalga Dan-Habu, the Permanent
Secretary of the state’s emergency management agency, had told
the visiting team that the state government was not aware of the
presence of the IDPs in the state.
He, however, pledged to intimate the governor on the issue.

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