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Boko Haram Insurgency: Borno Moves To Resettle Displaced Persons
The Borno State government has announced plans for the resettlement of the persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state back to their communities
It has thus set up a 12-man committee to see to the process of returning all such internally displaced persons, IDPs, to their homes.
The move was made known in a press statement by the chief of staff to the governor, Modu Musa, who said that the committee would be headed by the deputy governor of the state, Umar Mustapha.
The committee’s terms of reference include ascertaining and determining the exact number of IDPs living in the designated camps and to ascertain and determine the cost implications of feeding them.
The committee is also to determine the feasibility of resettling and relocating the identified IDPs, identify and determine the relevant ministries that could provide essential services for IDPs and to make any other recommendations that the committee deems necessary in the course of its assignment.
Other members of the committee are the chairman the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Grema Terab (secretary), Babakura Shettima (deputy chairman).
Others are the state commissioners of Health, Justice/Attorney General, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Education, Water Resources, chairman Borno State Universal Basic Education and the general manager of the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency, BOSEPA.
The statement added that the committee, which starts work immediately, is to submit its reports to the governor two days after its inaugural meeting.
Borno State alone has more than one million IDPS in camps scattered around Maiduguri, the state capital and other locations in the state.