Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the rehabiltation of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-Eastern part of the country would require a whole lot of money and time.
Speaking at an engagement forum with stakeholders, organised by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President, Osinbanjo lamented that the North-Eastern part of the nation had suffered tremendously in the past six years as a result of destruction of their infrastructure, farmlands, businesses, and trades.
Osinbajo said, “Rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitation will cost money and time. But neither money nor time can fix the trauma of loss of family, relations and friends.
“The tasks before us are many and profound, to fix brick and mortar and to mend hearts and minds damaged by senseless murderous violence. But we are called not just to mend the hearts and minds of the victims but also of their traducers, and killers.
“Your being here underscores not just your empathy for victims of terror but it also demonstrates the outrage and anger that we all feel about the mindless killings, abductions and wanton destruction perpetrated by the sect.”
The Vice Present further added that the north- east region “has suffered tremendously in the past six years; the destruction of infrastructure, farmlands, businesses, and trades. The destruction of schools and the loss of school years; rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitation will cost money and time; but neither money nor time can fix the trauma of loss of family, relations and friends.”
Osinbajo commended the large turnout of participants at the two-day event which he observed as expression of their collective determination “to find the most cost effective and creative ways to intervene in restoring the dignity, family lives and livelihoods of IDPs in the North East.”