Niger Govt. Establishes Refugees Commission, Releases N500m Take-off Grant

By Mohammed Baba Busu

Gov. Umaru Bago of Niger has announced the establishment of the State Refugees Commission and the release of a N500 million take-off grant.

Bago said that the commission would cater for the huge number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

A statement issued in Minna on Tuesday by Bologi Ibrahim, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said that Bago announced during the presentation of relief materials to 700 households in the state.

He said that the relief materials were donated by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Bago said that the commission would operate under the state Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

The governor added that the government would distribute 13,000 bags of grains to IDPs and take more measures to ameliorate their sufferings. (NAN)

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