The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has disclosed that his government would shut down all Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) camps in Maiduguri, latest December 31, 2021. He made this known while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Zulum said he paid the President a visit in order to brief him as well as solicit the Federal Government's support and contribution in his administration's effort to resettle the displaced persons. He also added that his government is also planning to bring back home the Nigerian refugees currently in IDP camps in some parts of Niger Republic. The Governor added that those taking refuge in Diffa Province of Niger Republic would be relocated to their homes in Malam Fatori in Borno State by 27th of November this year.
His words: "I came to brief Mr. President on efforts made by Borno State Government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes. So far so good, the Borno State Government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri Metropolis on or before 31st December, 2021.
"In addition to this, Borno State Government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in Minao camp. Furthermore, on 27th of November, Borno State Goverment will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam Fatori. Malam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State, but somehow, we don't have human population in this local government area because of the insurgency. Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, Borno State Government has intended to resettle Malam Fatori communities on 27th of this month.
"To this effect, the Nigerian military are providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State. I am pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of naval base to Baga last month. These are some of the reasons why I came to brief Mr. President and I also requested Mr. President to continue to provide more support in ensuring that the growing number of ISWAP that are operating, especially in the southern part and northern part of Borno State, are being handled appropriately. So these are some of the reasons why I came here, but most importantly, Mr. President has given me the assurance that he will do everything possible to support the effort by Borno State Government of returning internally displaced persons to their ancestral home. he has done before and I hope this time around, he will also support the noble cause".
Zulum further expressed that the government and people of Borno State were mostly grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for all the efforts he had been making in order to bring comfort to the IDPs in the state.
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