The Gombe State government has appealed to other states that still have Internally Displaced (IDPs) camps to dismantle them.
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo said camping people who were used to normal live was not human, not part of Nigerian culture and did not encourage or empower them to contribute to nation building.
Governor Dankwambo was speaking when the Head of Gombe Operations Office of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, Hajia Amina Ahman, paid him a courtesy visit.
“Whatever it will take to dismantle these camps, we should dismantle them before the end of this year. And that is without no recourse to any particular state or any particular situation. We should make effort to restore peace as we were told that peace has been restored in most places in the North-east. They should be encouraged to go back, settle in those places and continue with their normal life,” he explained.
Governor Dankwambo specifically commended the military and other security agencies for their various interventions in the zone all geared towards ensuring that peace and normalcy returned to the areas.
He also commended the Nigerian Government for its various interventions, such as the amount of money being pumped to the North-east.
Governor Dankwambo however, said the case of Gombe State was different, because most of the buildings destroyed by the insurgents were yet to be rehabilitated.
“One kobo has not been injected in Gombe by way of rehabilitation by the Nigerian government. I call on them to come to Gombe, rehabilitate those police stations that have been destroyed, rehabilitate those schools that have been destroyed, key in to other programmes that we are doing to alleviate the sufferings of people who have come into our State. We are all North-east, we have all been affected by the insurgency and we all deserve to be given attention as other states have been given,” the Gombe State Governor said. – VON.