Internally Displaced People (IDP) numbering about 331 from the 2011 post election crisis in Kaduna State have received N20 million from the state government to enable them moved out of a temporary refugee camp and resettle in any part of the state.
The 331 remaining victims of 2011 post-election violence were still occupying the Hajj Transit Camp at Mando, Kaduna, but had now vacated the Hajj Transit Camp after receiving the cash donation of between N55,000 to N 60,000 given to each IDP.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi issued to journalists in Kaduna last weekend, said that all the IDPs have before receiving the assistance, agreed to leave the camp.
The beneficiaries of the government gesture include 126 males, 128 females and 77 youth groups who received cash assistance in an exercise carried out by the committee set up to look into the affairs of the IDPs who were victims of the 2011 post-election violence in the state and immediately vacated the Hajj Transit Camp.
The chairman of the committee, Alhaji Abdurrahman Mahmoud, said that the state government rendered the assistance to members of IDPs to help them seek their livelihood when they go their various ways in the society.
He said what was given to the IDPs was not compensation, but rather a form of support on the part of the state government and commended the efforts of leaders of the IDPs for effective coordination of the members.
Meanwhile, the leader of IDPs, Dan’azumi Musa commended the state government for the assistance given to them and appealed to all members of the IDPs to judiciously utilise the money given to them to sustain their livelihood, particularly to acquire accommodation outside the Hajj Transit Camp.
He further appealed to Federal Government to emulate the gesture of the Kaduna State government to render them assistance as was rendered to other victims of the 2011 post-election violence in the country.
The Hajj Transit Camp which was not used since 2011 for the airlifting of the state pilgrims, would later be handed over to Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to start preparation for this year’s hajj.