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Buni launches Yobe state policy on internally displaced persons 

 

Yobe state has emerged the first state to launch a State Policy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), becoming a role model state for handling displaced persons.

The policy was launched on Wednesday in Abuja by Governor Mai Mala Buni which was well attended by members of the diplomatic community, donor agencies, the World Bank and other development partners.

The governor of the state, Hon Mai Mala Buni during the launch of the programme in Abuja, explained that the policy highlights their commitment to uphold the rights of all displaced individuals, particularly women, children, and other vulnerable groups, ensuring their inclusion and participation in decision-making processes.

According to him, “this policy represents a significant milestone in our collective efforts to address the complex and multifaceted challenges faced by internally displaced persons within our state.”

He said Yobe, like other states in the Northeast, has endured substantial disruptions due to the Boko Haram insurgency and various natural disasters. 

“These unfortunate tragic events have left a trail of destruction, decimating basic infrastructure, health and educational facilities, commercial buildings, private residences, and agricultural assets.

“The crises have also forced thousands of our citizens to flee their homes, creating a massive humanitarian crisis that demands an organized and strategic response.

“As the Governor of Yobe State, it is my duty to ensure that our administration provides a framework that not only addresses the immediate needs of IDPs but also lays the foundation for their long-term recovery and reintegration into society.

“Also, it is worthy to mention that this administration has continued to sustain government support to the most affected communities to have access to basic lifesaving assistance, including food and non-food items, clean water, healthcare, education, and sanitation.

“This policy was a result of extensive consultations and collaboration with a wide array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, the World Bank Nigeria, local communities, non-governmental organizations, Civil Society Organizations, traditional leaders, international donor partners, and notably the displaced persons themselves and representative of various communities. 

“It embodies our collective determination to protect the rights and dignity of IDPs, offering them a pathway to regain their stability and rebuild their lives towards a durable solution.”

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