IDPs Prepare To Leave Camps For Home

More than 100,000 people uprooted by violence and living in camps in northeast Nigeria are set to return home soon, but many fear for their safety and ability to rebuild their lives, aid agency staff said on Thursday.

The Nigerian government plans to close in the coming months camps housing 150,000 displaced people in Borno and Adamawa states as security improves in the north, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The army has this year recaptured much of the territory seized by Boko Haram in its six-year campaign to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast, but the militants have since struck back with a surge of deadly raids and suicide bombings.

Most people living in camps want to return home but are worried about the threat of attacks and lack confidence in the military’s ability to protect them, Reuters quoted Stéphanie Daviot of the International Organisation for Migration as saying.

“They also say that the economic situation is not stable enough to go back, as shops and services have not been reopened, there is little work and their land has not been preserved… many people do not have the money to restart their lives.”

Many of those who have already gone home have found their houses and land destroyed or occupied by others, Daviot added.

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Prepare For Drought, NEMA Cautions Nigerians

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), advised Nigerians to prepare for possible drought in the country. NEMA’s warning followed the prediction of heavy rainfall by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

The North West coordinator of NEMA, Musa Illalah, gave the advice in Kaduna during a workshop on liquid and solid waste management in the context of flood mitigation.

Represented by the director, Administration of the agency, Amina Ahman, Illalah said the implication of the NIMET alert was that the rain may exceed the normal rate and states in the North ought to anticipate drought. “The implication is that there might be water surplus and increase in stream flow which will affect dams storage for municipal water supply, may affect hydro power generation and irrigation.

“Therefore, the development and regular maintenance of dams for dry season irrigation and water supply must be accorded high priority during this time.

“In the same vein, there may be shortage of rainfall; we must also be prepared for drought and the mitigation of its impact.’’

He said that the workshop was to articulate the problem of solid waste management which exacerbate negative impact of flooding in the country.

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Osinbajo Enjoins Nigerians To Prepare For ‘Permanent Change’

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday called on Nigerians to be patient and keep faith with the Federal Government to enable it bring about the desired permanent change in the country.

Osinbajo, who spoke to State House correspondents on his first day in office at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, challenged Nigerians to show understanding on what the government needed to do for the general good of the society.

According to him, change is not an easy task but pledged that as leaders they will set examples for all citizens to follow to achieve the desired permanent change.

“Change is not going to be an easy process. So, there will be a great deal of patience that is required and understanding of what we need to do.

“And we are going to try to bring about permanent change it also means that people are also going to change, that the people will also change.

“But, I understand clearly that it is the leadership that must set the example and we are prepared to do that and we will do that.”

Osinbajo, who stated the nation needed straightforward leaders like President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed the readiness of the government to fulfill its campaign promises to Nigerians.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Osinbajo were initially operating from the Defence House, Wuse 11, Abuja, since their inauguration last three weeks due to renovation works in the Presidential Villa.

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Jonathan Directs Ministers, Service Chiefs To Prepare Handover Notes

President Goodluck Jonathan has directed all ministries, agencies and extra-ministerial departments to prepare their handover briefs ahead of the May 29 inauguration of the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Service chief, the police inspector general and the Central Bank of Nigeria were also directed to prepare their handover notes. The directive was contained in a memo dated April 13 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim.

It was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), Ministers/Ministers of State, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Special Advisers/Senior Special Assistants and Service chiefs/Inspector General of Police. Buhari had defeated President Goodluck Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 presidential poll.

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