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Borno gov’t resettles over 700,000 IDPs

Cross Section of male IDPs at one of the camps in Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Over 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been resettled to their communities by the Borno State Government.

Director-General, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Hajiya Yabawa Kolo who made this known at a media briefing in Maiduguri said the resettled IDPs were from six official camps; Bakasi, MOGOLIS, NYSC, Farm Centre, Muna Dayalti and Haruna Alana.

She explained that IDPs at Teachers Village and Stadium camps would soon be resettled after all protocols have been met. 

The Director-General noted that the state government was committed to closing down all the 28 official camps in Maiduguri by 31st of this month explaining that the return process was in accordance with international conventions and protocols—voluntary and in a dignified manner. 

Hajiya Yabawa Kolo remarked that the agency has supported over 100 children orphaned by the insurgency to access education. 

She gave the assurance on the consolidation on return of IDPs in the year 2022 for stabilisation programmes to ensure the self-reliance of the formerly displaced persons. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; editing by Muzha Kucha