Borno Governor Babagana Engr Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday flagged off the closure and relocation of about 52,000 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes in Mafa, Dikwa, Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Marte Areas of the state.
The official closure of the remaining four IDPs camps within Maiduguri city, the state capital has a total number of 11, 704 IDPs..
While flagging off the closure of Dalori II IDPs camp, located along Konduga – Bama Road, Governor Zulum said ” it is with deep sense of responsibility today, as we are witnessing the closure of Dalori I, Dalori II, Gubio and Muna El badawi Camps.. This occasion could not be possible without the support of Victim’s Support Fund (VSF) that supported this programme with N1.7 billion.”
”VSF has rehabilitated houses, health facilities, schools and other public buildings in Dikwa, Bama, Konduga, Marte, Gwoza and Mafa and the residents have since been resettled. keeping IDPs in the camps is no sustainable, with today’s occasion, all camps within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere local government areas are hereby closed.
”The VSF has contributing a lot to the resettlement efforts, the VSF has supported this Borno state government with the sum of N1.7 to relocate the IDPs in Dalori I and II, Gubio and Muna IDPs camps, .
”VSF is the largest donor in the post insurgency resettlement programmes in the state, it has contributed more than any government agency. VSF has supported the state government in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of many houses and public buildings destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents.”, Zulum said.
He said“ the state government had earlier closed, the NYSC, Bakaassi, MOGOLIS, Teachers Village and Stadium IDPs camps. With the closure of these four camps today, all official IDPs camps in Maiduguri are closed”..
He also said that before the end of his first tenure in (May 29, 2023), the people of Gudumbali will be relocated and resettled too.
While thanking the VSF for the support, Zulum assured that the Borno state government is committed to the relocation of all IDPs voluntarily and in dignified manner in accordance with the Kampala convention.
Earlier in his remarks, the Borno State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Engr Mustapha Gubio said “today we are happy to witness the closure of four additional camps, last year we closed 6 camps which includes NYSC, MOGOLIS, Teachers Village, Bakassi, and Stadium IDPs camp”.
”With a total of 2, 841 households made up of 178,776 persons.. The ministry has constructed 120 houses in Kawuri 1,200 houses in Mafa, 1,000 houses in Dalori, 500 houses in Pulka, 300 houses in Warabe, and 300 houses in Miringa all geared toward resettling our IDPs“, Mustapha said.
In his goodwill message, a Member of VSF Board of Directors who is also the Secretary of the Borno Elder Forum, Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio, said with the closure of these four camps, the Borno state government has fulfilled its promised of closing all camps in Maiduguri.
In her welcome address, the Director General of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said: “today’s occasion marks a great achievement to the agency and government of the state, as we witness the closure of four camps and the relocation of IDPs back to their communities and were supported with livelihood support and in dignified manner”.