President Buhari has approved a total of N10billion for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent attacks in parts of the country.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave this hint today during his visits to two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Benue State.

A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity

Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, quoted the Vice President as saying that the President had asked him to oversee the rehabilitation of the affected communities.

Prof Osinbajo told the IDPs in camps in Abagana and Daudu that President Buhari, who visited last March, planned to achieve three things namely, to provide more effective security in the communities, to ensure timely return of the displaced persons to their communities, and restor farms, support traders and ensure that children in the communities return back to school.

He explained: “I am here as representative of the President who was here in March and had asked that a study be done on the situation. Mr. President now wants to do three things: to provide more effective security, especially in the affected communities, to ensure that our people can go back to their homes and before then rebuild their homes and to restore the farms, support traders and ensure education of the children.”

The Vice President, who confirmed that the President had asked him to accomplish the tasks, hinted that to pay for the forthcoming rehabilitation, said that “the President has approved some money already to restore places that have been destroyed. A total of N10B has been approved and we intend to start the rebuilding.”

He assured that the places that would be rebuilt shall be better than what it was before, adding that this is the right of the IDPs as Nigerians and is not a favour from the government.

As at press time, the Vice President was holding a town hall meeting in the State capital with stakeholders, including traditional, religious and others leaders in the state.

Prof Osinbajo, who was earlier received on arrival at the Makurdi Air Force base by Governor Sam Orton, had in his entourage the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh; Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja; among other top government functionaries.

The Vice President will be visiting more IDP camps Wednesday morning.