Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum is to return about 1.2 million Internally Displaced Persons to 21 liberated communities in three senatorial districts.
The IDPs had been taking refuge in dozens of camps in Maiduguri, Dikwa, Monguno, Pulka, Banki and Gambouru for over six years.
According to him, the four critical liberated communities for IDPs to be returned next year, include Guzamala, Kukawa, Marte and Abadam.
The four communities are located on the shores of Lake Chad, he said, noting that they are critical, because of insecurity to people’s lives and property.
The Governor disclosed this last Wednesday in Maiduguri, the state capital, while presenting the 2021 Budget of N208.7 billion to the State House of Assembly.
He said despite the challenges of insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin, the state government will vigorously pursue the return of IDPs.
He said the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement has earmarked N15.8 billion for its capital and recurrent expenditures.
He noted that because of the colossal damage to trade and business activities; as well as other means of livelihoods, the government in collaboration with development partners will empower youths, businessmen and women.
According to him, the empowerment will be implemented through vocational training, grants, and interest free loans this is to enable the IDP returnees restore their lost means of livelihoods in their liberated communities.
He said the communities to be returned of IDPs include Malam Fatori, Kareto, Mairari, Abadam, Kekeno Mile 40, Wulgo, Logomani, Gajibo, Maiwa/Ngollam.
While the other eight communities comprise Hambagtha, Warabe, Sabon/Gari, Aulari, Ngurosoye, Darajamal, Kirawa and Asghashiya, the twin border communities with Cameroon.
He said this is to meet deadline of closing down all IDP camps in Maiduguri before or on May 2021.
He said this is to meet the target of closing down all IDP camps within Maiduguri before May, 2021 and to enable the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement undertake its statutory activities during the 2021 fiscal year.