We Are In FCT But Suffering, IDPs Cry Out

We Are In FCT But Suffering, IDPs Cry Out
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Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have cried out over their inability to access health services and other basic amenities.


The IDPs were speaking they accompanied a Non-governmental  organisation, PagedInitiative during its advocacy visit to the Federal Ministry of Health, in Abuja.

One of the IDPs,Enoch Yohanna from Kuchingoro camp narrated how it has become difficult for residents of the camp to access health services adding that the small clinic that was built for them had no personnel to attend to them.

He added that they were losing pregnant women and new born babies because they do not have midwives to attend to them and added has to turn to a birth attendant in order to help his people.

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Also speaking, another IDP from Durumi camp, Umar Gola revealed that many of the IDPs in Abuja especially those in unregistered camps were suffering for lack of food.

He revealed that the little farms they manage to cultivate in Nasarawa State were being destroyed by herdsmen adding that they are frustrated, as they do not know what to do.

Earlier while speaking on the reason for the visit, the Director of PagedInitiative, Ummi Bukar stated that it was part of the advocacy visit the organisation has embarked upon so as to intimate the authorities involve on the many challenges of the IDPs especially those in the FCT.

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She revealed that the already bad situations of the IDPs who were displaced by activities of the Boko Haram sect in the North East, were worsen after the COVID-19 and lockdown and called for help for the displaced persons so that they will be able to live a normal life in Nigeria.

While welcoming the team, the Director Department of Special Projects, Public Private Programme and Diaspora in the ministry, Dr Omobolale Olowu expressed sadness over the challenges of the IDPs and promised that the ministry will call a meeting with other stakeholders to find solutions to their problems.

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She however stated that on their own, the ministry will start up something in respect to bringing about accessible health care for the displaced persons.


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