Empower IDPs returnee to stop more recruitment into Boko Haram Sect- Zulum tells Legislators, NEDC
….worries over recruitment into Sect as poverty heightens
By Our reporter
Sept. 20, 2020 - Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has called on the National Assembly and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to assist in returning and empowering displaced persons in the state.
He said over one million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were clamouring to return to their ancestral homes.
Zulum made the call, at the weekend, while receiving 18-member House Committee on Commission on Oversight Function at the Government House in Maiduguri.
Zulum also expressed worry that the Boko Haram was recruiting children into the sect, because of unemployment and poverty.
The governor added that there was need for the House Committee to interface with larger House Committee to look into the possibility of empowering the youths in the state.
This, he said, would also address the root causes of insurgency, “which are not limited to poverty, illiteracy, social inequality, unemployment and environmental degradation.”
Responding, House Committee Chairperson for Commission, Khadijah Bukar Abba Ibrahim, assured that the National Assembly would appropriate more funds for the Commission to carry out its functions.