FG begins data collection of victims of terrorism in Katsina
The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has commenced collection of data of people affected by the prevailing insecurity in some Local Government Areas of Katsina State.
The team leader, Nadia Muhammed-Soso, explained on Thursday in Katsina that the aim was to mainstream the victims into all National Social Investment Programmes.
Muhammed-Soso, who heads the ministry’s Special Duties Department and was represented by Funke Olatunji during a sensitisation on the survey, noted that the victims, who had suffered enough, required life changing support.
“It is a fact that insecurity in Nigeria has continued to restrict access to basic services and both affected people and host communities require emergency support and other necessary humanitarian assistance.”
“To this end, the ministry whose mandate is to provide assistance for vulnerable groups in Nigeria, has realised the enormous challenges faced by the victims of terrorism across Nigeria and has commenced a pilot phase of sensitisation and survey of the victims.”
Muhammed-Soso cited the programmes run by the ministry to include Conditional Cash Transfer, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme, N-Power, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and Grant for Vulnerable Groups.
She further said, “The ministry intends to mainstream the victims into all National Social Investment Programmes with a view to strengthening their resilience through social inclusion and provision of durable solutions”.
Muhammed-Soso urged the beneficiaries of the exercise to make good use of the opportunity and provide concrete information that will guide the ministry in achieving its set goals.
According to her, “the ministry will continue to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders in providing non-kinetic approach to fighting terrorism in the country.”
She commended the Katsina State Government and other relevant stakeholders for all efforts made in providing succour to terrorism victims in the state.
Speaking earlier, the ministry’s Principal Administrative Officer, Itoro Moses-Duku, said that the government was aware of the sufferings of the victims of terrorism and plan to support them.
Moses-Duku said the sensitisation would enlighten the victims, who are mostly women and children, on how the ministry intends to support and bring them out of their suffering.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary at the state’s Department of Higher Education, Halliru Duwan, who described the programme as a good development for the victims and the state, assured that the state would provide necessary support to the team.
Duwan revealed that 11 of the 34 Local Government Areas in the state were affected by insecurity.
Meanwhile, some of the victims enumerated in Jibia, Batsari and Kurfi Local Government Areas have appealed to both the federal and state governments to provide them with shelter.