by Usman Alabi
The executive secretary, Yobe Emergency Management Agency, Musa Jidawa has disclosed that no fewer than 22 marriage contracts were sealed and 81 babies delivered in the past 20 months at the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons camp in Damaturu.
According to him the camp established in March 2015 for IDPs from villages in Gujba Local Government Area displaced by insurgents also recorded 18 deaths during the period under review.
Mr Jidawa, who also doubles as the Secretary of the State Committee on Resettlement and Rehabilitation of IDPs, said the camp started with 4,211 IDPs but now hosts about 2,000 persons.
According to him, his agency also circumcised boys at the camp that were due for circumcision.
“The agency had within this period, circumcised 76 boys whose age range between five and 11 years in an organized ceremony in accordance with their customs and tradition, to give a cultural sense of belonging.
“The celebrants were each provided with new sets of clothes, one live chicken and a blanket as is the practice in their ancestral communities,”.
He said another camp, the Bukar Ali IDP camp, was closed down following requests by the IDPs to return home as security had improved in their communities.
“The state government relocated 391 IDPs in the camp comprising 92 households to their respective communities, with each household provided a return package of two bags of rice, a bag of beans, vegetable oil, cooking pots, nylon mats, soap and N20,000, “. He said
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