Zulum Tasks Two Panels on IDPs Return to Borno Communities
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, has inaugurated two panels to
return Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to six border area
communities with Cameroon.
The half a dozen communities; in Gwoza and Marte councils, were
severally attacked by Boko Haram insurgents in the last decade.
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They include Marte, Kirawa, Ngoshe, Hambagtha, Asghashiya and Warabe.
While over a decade long insurgency, has claimed 32,000 lives with
property worth $9.2 billion (about N3.42 trillion) in Borno, Adamawa
and Yobe states.
Inaugurating the two panels, led by Commissioners of Housing and
Energy and Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR),
Yuguda Saleh and Mustapha Gubio Tuesday in Maiduguri, Zulum directed
the establishment of civil authorities in Marte and Gwoza councils.
“You’re to undertake resettlements of IDPs at Marte in northern Borno;
as well as Ngoshe, Kirawa, Hambagtha, Asghashiya and Warabe
communities in the two councils,” he said.
He added that all safety measures and essential public services are
put in place, before resettling the IDPs.
He continued: ““The 35-member committees; are to continue with the
rehabilitation and reconstruction work in Marte and Kirawa/Ngoshe,”
adding that the two panels, are to provide palliatives along with
rehabilitation of roads in Marte, Ngoshe and Kirawa insurgency
He said all roads rehabilitation and palliative distributions, be
carried out in collaboration with the Nigeria Army.
According to him, this could ensure the safety of people’s lives and
property in the secured borders communities.
He added that collaborations between the IDPs returnees’ panels and
Army will facilitate establishment of civil authorities in councils.
On panels’ terms of references, he said: “You’re to identify displaced
persons willing to return to their communities,” adding that members
of the committees are also to address any other matter that will
ensure hitch free return of IDPs.
“We should not be in haste to force any IDP return to any community,” he warned.
He explained that the resettlement exercise; is aimed at helping
citizens pick up pieces of their lives and move on, after several
years of displacement.
Zulum therefore, assured that the state government will engage the
returnees in agricultural and other economic activities.
“This will make them self-reliant and become productive in the various
livelihood activities in agricultural and livestock sectors of
economy,” he said.
He however; decried the high level of poverty in the state,
particularly among IDPs.
He lamented that the insurgents, are taking advantage of poverty, as
they continue to recruit youths.
While responding to panels’ tasks; Gubio assured that members of two
committees, will put in their best discharge terms of references.
He also directed the panels to liaise with the military to see the
possibilities of returning IDPs to Mairari and Kareto communities in
Monguno and Mobbar councils.