The federal government is building resettlement cities for internally displaced persons in Borno, Katsina, Zamfara, Edo and Cross River States.
Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, Thursday.
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Mohammed, who said the commission also had an empowerment scheme tagged project reliance, noted that the country currently had over 2.5 million displaced persons spread in about 1,000 IDP camps.
He said in each of the five benefiting states, the commission had designed 600 houses of two-bedroom flats with such facilities as worship centres, skills acquisition centres, schools and police posts.
Mohammed said the commission had requested 50 hectares of land from the governors of the five states where the majority of the vulnerable were.
He said the federal government had provided funds for the project and that contracts had mobilised to the states.
Mohammed said the commission would be in Katsina State on Saturday for the ground-breaking of 100 houses which, according to him, are the first phase of the project in the state.
On the empowerment programme, he said beneficiaries would choose from 50 vocational skills for which they would be trained by the commission.