*Commission, state strenghten ties
From Shuaibu Zubair, Birnin-Kebbi
The Kebbi State governor and chairman, Progressive Governors Forum, Sen. Atiku Bagudu has commended the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Sen. Basheer Garba Mohammed, for his relentless efforts in giving comfort to the Persons of Concerns (POCs) in the country.
Sen. Bagudu made the remark during his visit to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, on Friday.
According to the governor, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is concerned about the plight of displaced persons in the country and the positive strides of Sen Mohammed at the commission.
He said: “It is an established fact that we have lots of displaced persons in the country as a result of violence, diseases and natural disaster like floods, which has disrupted our economy and our farming seasons for years”, he said.
“In Kebbi state for instance, we host a lot of stateless and displaced persons, who have settled in the state, especially our fishing communities and but the good news is, Kebbi state is also partnering with the Refugee Commission to provide homes and lasting solutions to the plight of POCs in the state.
“In essence, I am here today to appreciate and commend the Commission for their good work and strenghten our agreement in providing a better living condition for displaced persons in Kebbi state”.
On his part, the Sen. Mohammed commended the governor for the visit, stressing that the governor’s visit showed his concern towards alleviating the sufferings of POCs in Kebbi state.
He also buttressed the commission’s focus from providing only food, clothes and handouts to displaced persons, to provision of durable and sustainable solution to their problems.
“We intend to build resettlement cities and rehabilitaion and reintegration project in the states with a view to returning the POCs to their lives of dignity and make them self-reliant through empowerment programmes in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other partners”, he said.