Zulum resettles IDPs to 9 LGAs, disburses N954.7m

The Borno state Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has flagged off the resettlement of internally displaced persons to nine local government councils.

He also disbursed N954.7 million for their rehabilitation and support for them to get a source of livelihood.

About 12,985 comprising 4,880 male heads of household, 1,230 female heads of household, 6,875 married women and other family members were earmarked to be resettled in 9 LGAs, while the first phase of those to be resettled are to communities in 6 LGAs of Bama, Konduga, Gwoza, Kukawa, Jere and Ngala.

Each of the 4,880 male heads of household and another 1,230 female heads of household received N100,000, while about 6,875 married women received N50,000 each.

Speaking at the flag-off Friday, Zulum noted that while cash support was distributed, 6,875 married women also received maize, rice, and mattresses, as well as mats, oil, and kitchen utensils.

The governor also stated that the food items distributed were part of the federal government’s support for the state; he said, “This food item we are giving to the returnees is from NEMA. A few days ago, we lunched the distribution of food items donated to the government of Borno by the federal government at Pulka.”

He added, “I want to commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I want to commend the office of the Vice President, I also want to commend NEMA for partnering with us to ensure sustainable resettlement of the IDPs in this very important camp.

“This resettlement is voluntary. All these IDPs have expressed their willingness to return to their ancestral home or other areas with relative peace and tranquility. So, the resettlement is in line with the Kampala convention, which signifies that IDPs are to be resettled in a dignified manner.

Zulum expressed his concern over the criminal activities in the Muna IDP camp; he said, “I think people of Borno state will bear witness that this is one of the most notorious camps in the state. There’s a lot of prostitution ongoing in this camp; there’s a lot of procreation without care going on in this camp. And above all, there’s a lot of criminality that is ongoing in this camp. Including theft and rubbery.”