Refugees and migrants will return home FG According to Betta Edu, minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, the federal government is prepared to send migrants and refugees back to their various homes by 2024.

    To repatriate and reintegrate the internally displaced people back into their villages, she said, structures must be put in place.

    During her two-day business visit to Borno State, the minister made this statement in Maiduguri.

    In a statement released on Friday, September 8, by her media assistant Rasheed Zubair, the minister said that as part of efforts to help the underprivileged, plans are being made to build humanitarian hubs in all 774 local government districts.

    According to Edu, the ministry’s aims include providing safety nets to keep Nigerians from falling below the poverty line in addition to aiming to end poverty.

    In order to deliberately target the rural poor who are more numerous in communities and villages, the Ministry shall build humanitarian centres in all Local Government Areas.

    Betta Edu, minister of humanitarian
    Betta Edu, minister of humanitarian

    “The Ministry shall proactively develop short- and long-term job opportunities for youth, including by providing microcredits and vocational training, among other things.”

    In order to achieve the overarching goal of ending hunger and poverty, Edu urged the state governor, Babagana Zulum, to continue providing leadership and support at the state level.

    In response, Governor Zulum reassured the minister of his government’s dedication to tackling poverty and humanitarian challenges.

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    The governor emphasized three areas of partnership that are of particular importance, among them poverty, which he described as being linked to insecurity and asserted will be solved once poverty was handled.

    While claiming that IDP camps were unsustainable, Zulum also mentioned that gender-based violence and population increase were problems that were frequently seen there.

    “State government houses the internally displaced persons for only a short time as transit facilities,” he claimed. “While they try to provide durable solutions from humanitarian to sustainable solutions.”

    He added that the government had provided displaced people with SME prospects.

    The governor added that the state was facing problems related to the refugee crisis.

    Considering that there are over 200,000 refugees in Niger, 60,000 in Cameroon, and 24,000 in Chad, he claimed that the State and the Ministry must collaborate to repatriate the refugees.

    They require food, money, and employment possibilities, he said.

    The Governor also let the Minister know about the Presidential Committee, which is in charge of resettling the refugees after their return.

    “The Vice President is the Chair and the Committee’s work has advanced; the Ministry has a very significant role to play in that committee,” the statement reads.

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