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Nigeria: Borno State Govt Will Close All IDP Camps By May Next Year

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Ali Muhammed Zanna, Maiduguri

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum is to close down internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps on or before May, 2021.

According to State’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the state Government has 145 IDP camps in Maiduguri, Dikwa, Monguno, Rann ,Pulka, Banki and Gwoza.

Zulum disclosed this on Saturday, while unfolding 25-year recovery and Development plan at Government House, Maiduguri.

He called on the 192 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the state, to key into the state’s reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement (RRR) and recovery programmes.

The governor commended efforts of military, security agencies and humanitarian partners, including UNICEF, World Bank, WHO for restoration of peace and humanitarian services to the people.

The United Nations (UN) Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, represented by UNICEF Chief Field Officer, Peter Hawkins Congratulated the state government for successful unfold of plan.

He pledged more support for the rebuilding and resettlement of traumatized IDPs and the people of the state have better livelihoods.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami also urged the state government to manage its competitive advantages, especially its strategic location of sharing international borders countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroun very well.

Minister of Finance, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, who was chief launcher of development plan, through virtual means, represented by her Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkaffi said the program is timely considering the Federal Government’s Development Plan/initiative to lift one million people out of poverty.

He assured Zulum that the federal government will collaborate and work with synergy to ensure peace is fully restored with the rebuild and resettlement of IDPs in the state.

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