Zulum Lays 600 Houses Foundation For Borno Resetlement City
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRM-IDPs) is to construct 600 houses at Amarwa IDPs resettlement city in Borno.
The resettlement city in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, was initiated to restore the dignity of over 45,000 IDP returnees.
While announcing the return of IDPs on Thursday at the Amarwa village, NCRM’s Federal Commissioner, Sen. Basheer Mohammed disclosed that; shelter has remained a major concern of internally displaced persons in the state.
According to him, many IDPs are still taking refuge in over 20 camps and host communities across the state.
“Over a million IDPs are still taking refuge in various camps of Monguno, Dikwa, Gwoza, Bama, Banki, Pulka and Maiduguri metropolis, the state capital,” he said.
The over a decade long insurgency has also claimed 40,000 lives with property worth $9.2 billion (about N3.42 trillion) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
While laying the houses’ foundation, Governor Babagana Zulum said that the mega resettlement city along Maiduguri/Bama road, was to rehabilitate and reintegrate about two million displaced persons.
He said that when construction of houses are completed, it will reduce accommodation problems of IDP returnees to the resettlement mega city.
He said the resettlement of IDPs into their communities remains a major priority of his administration.
Zulum also pledged to collaborate with the commission to fast track the completion of housing projects,
He noted that the post insurgency recovery and peace building assessment report of the World Bank, Federal and Borno state governments shows that over 400,000 houses in the state were torched by insurgents.
He however; lauded the federal government for its support in the housing sector to resettled IDP returnees in the state,” he said.
While distributing food items to Kawuri IDP returnees, Sen. Mohammed said that similar projects are being executed in Katsina state, while the ones in Edo and Zamfara states; will soon commence.
According to him; the resettlement cities will be sited in areas where normalcy has been restored.
The Senator commended the President and Borno state government for their support. He assured that the project will be completed before the end of this year.