Borno Partners NSE to Return IDPs to Liberated Communities

The Borno State Government has partnered the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlements of a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) into liberated communities.

The 13-year insurgency has killed 40, 000 people with the destruction of property worth $9.2 billion (N3.42 trillion) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this at the weekend (Friday) to mark World Engineering Day (WEND) organised by the NSE for sustainable development at Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri.

He said that the WEND, 2022 with the theme: “Build Back Wiser…,” is also to celebrate UNESCO International Day on March 4, of every year in Nigeria.

Represented by the Commissioner for Ministry of Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties, Mohammed Wanori, disclosed that; “Engineering is a challenging profession in the World, particularly; where dozens of critical infrastructures were destroyed during the over a decade terrorism in the state.

He, therefore, declared that there is the need to create awareness to “rebuild and develop” the critical sectors of State’s economy.

According to him, this could restore the destroyed means of people’s livelihoods with the implementation of the State’s 25-year development plan.

Commending the NSE for the partnership, he said that the closures of IDP camps in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere has enabled the State Government return about a million IDPs.

The IDPs were returned to 18 liberated communities including the eight border communities with Niger and Cameroon.  

Besides, he added: “We are working assiduously to fix other infrastructural facilities destroyed by the terrorists.

We’ll continue to partner with NSE and other stakeholders in the recovery process across the state.”

According to him, the roles of engineering during this challenging moments of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement (RRR) efforts cannot be overemphasized.

“Over the years, we’ve used employed our skills to champion and accelerate the rehabilitation and reconstruction of many destroyed communities,” he said.

He noted that the collaborative efforts has led to the completion of over 556 projects across the 27 Local Government Areas.

He noted that this was in addition to the return of IDPs into their ancestral homes with dignity and in line with the Kampala Convention.

“We’re to implement the executive order on local content by engaging indigenous engineers in the rehabilitation and reconstruction drive,” he said, adding that the State Government will work closely with NSE for the engineers to be abreast with current realities.

The NSE State Chairman, Babagana Tela, reiterated the engineering society support and cooperation in the execution of RRR and sustainable development recovery process

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