IDP’s protest decision to shut down camps in Delta

There was unrest, weekend, following refusal of inmates at the Ahabam Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, Asaba to go home after it was shut, insisting on being compensated financially.

Following heavy rains and subsequent flooding of several communities in August, the state government set up Flood Risk Alert Management Committee headed by the SSG, Chiedu Ebie.

The camps, eleven in number, catered for nearly 20,000 internally displaced persons drawn from 14 local government areas.

Some inmates who spoke to The Nation lamented that floods have not receded in their communities, appealing that the camps be opened much longer.

An inmate, Theophilus Odogwu, insisted that inmates be given monetary compensation to cushion the effect of the losses suffered.

He said,”we are still waiting to know what the government will give us as compensation. We have lost so much during the recent flood and so we will like the state government to support us before we go home.”

Another IDP, Stella Samuel urged the state government to intervene as many will return home with no business to do.

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