By G9ija

The Niger State Government has supported Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Gwada with food and non-food items worth several millions of naira.

The items, which were made up of rice, millet, maize, noodles, palm oil, vegetable oil, salt, mattresses, blankets and mats would be the second tranche of the items to be given to the IDPs.

Last week, the government released the first consignment of the items to the displaced people but after discovering the materials were inadequate, had to embark on the purchase and distribution of the second tranche.

No fewer than 5,000 of the affected people after being displaced by bandits who attacked several communities in Munya Local Government Area three weeks ago were initially temporarily settled at the IBB Primary School in Minna before being relocated to Gwada town.

The Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, who distributed the items, said the materials were shared through appointed representatives of the people to avoid diversion.

Inga said government was collaborating with security agencies to ensure the IDPs returned to their villages to once again live normal lives.

The Chairman of Munya Local Government, Alhaji Garba Mohammed Daza, who was at the distribution, expressed gratitude to the state government for the support given to his people.

Daza debunked claims that his people were negotiating with bandits for them to live in their communities, insisting that: “We have confidence in the ability of the security men to give us protection, we are not negotiating with any bandits.”