Nigeria: Borno Govt resettles 2,800 families displaced in 2014 by insurgency
By Our Reporter
Nearly six years after they fled their homes and sources of livelihoods due to attacks by insurgents, 2,800 families from Ajiri community in Mafa Local Government Area have been resettled by the Borno State Government.
Mustapha Gubio, the Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement (RRR), told newsmen that 500 housing units to resettles the families had been handed over to them.
Gubio said that the displaced persons, hitherto took refuge at the Customs House Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, willingly opted to return to their homes, to enable them resume their normal way of life.
He said that the resettlement process was implemented in accordance with the humanitarian principles due to improved security in the area.
“The village was razed in the attack; the state government through the Ministry of RRR, constructed 500 new houses and reinstalled necessary basic amenities to encourage the IDPs to return.”
Gubio said that the Ministry distributed assorted food and relief items to each of the resettled families such as rice; cooking oil, mosquito nets, blankets, textile materials and mattresses.
He added that each of the displaced persons would be supported with N50,000 resettlement package, to enable them engage in meaningful activities.
According to him, the state government has set up a Mega Farms and artificial dam in the settlement, to enable them engage in agricultural activities and become self reliant.
“The state government also deployed a team of Agro Rangers comprising of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), to protect them in their farmlands,” he said.