From Adam Muhammad, Gusau
The federal government has finally handed over 40 housing units for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs), been displaced by bandits to Zamfara state government.
The housing units was built by the federal government to assist the internally displaced persons affected by banditry in the state.
The minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu while commissioning the houses Thursday stated that the aims of the project was to resettle IDPs displaced by armed bandits for them to have shelter in the state.
Dr. Edu further stated that the federal government will remain committed in tackling insecurity affecting some states in the north.
“The federal government under the leadership of president Bola Ahmed Tinubu will remain committed to address the lingering insecurity in some states like Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara affected with banditry for peace to thrive”. She added
In his speech, Zamfara state Governor Dauda Lawal commended the federal government for providing free settlement to IDPs in the state.
“I want to thank the federal government for the concerned to our people affected by banditry particularly this gigantic project as well as it’s readiness in tackling the insecurity we have been encountering as a result of the activities of armed terrorists and my administration will continue collaboration with federal government in that direction “. He said
While at federal university Gusau ‘FUGUS’ the minister sympathized with the management of the university, parents of the abducted students by bandits.
She assured that the federal government is doing all it could to ensure the remaining students who were still in bandits captivity have been rescued safely.
“I want to express my appreciation for the rescue of some of those students by the security agencies and assured that Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is doing all the best to ensure that those students still in bandits captivity have been rescue safely as soon as possible”. She hinted.
Responding, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Mu’azu Abubakar commended the minister for the sympathy visit and president Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration for it’s commitments in ensuring the remaining students who were still in bandits captivity have been rescued safely.
According to him, only 12 students, 6 construction workers and a protocol officer of the university Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim. were still in bandits captivity.