Abuja - The Borno State Emergency Management Agency identified the influx of refugees into Maiduguri as the biggest challenge the state is facing.
In an interview, the agency’s Chairman, Mallam Grema Terab, said the challenge presented a heavy burden on the administration.
“Our major challenge is the high influx of IDPs into Maiduguri. When I came on board as the chairman/ chief executive officer of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, we were managing few camps. There were some 13 or 14. We had camps for each of the local governments but now it runs to 22 different camps. Surprisingly where we thought things are getting better, we are getting more people displaced and many more people are trooping into our camps,” Terab said.
He added that displaced people that were taking refuge in the host communities were now trooping into the IDPs camps.
“Some of them have exhausted their rent and some of the people hosting them in some of these communities are tired of taking care of them, and the IDPs have nowhere to turn but the camps, this has come to continuously increase the numbers in our camps.”
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Terab said the agency received about 400 IDPs into the Mafa camp, about 300 into Kukawa camp, about 400 into Monguno camp and a large number of people into Bama camp last week.
“Those that were formerly living with relatives in the host communities are now trooping into the camps for they can no longer be accommodated as their host could not afford the cost of keeping them. Most of those that were accommodating them thought it were a temporary measure but they later come to find out that days are turning into months and months perhaps turning into a year and the burden just has to be taking off them,” said Terb.
He said IDPs from Bama had stayed for over 10 months while those from Gwoza had stayed for about a year.
“It is quite challenging to take care of these IDPs but the government is doing well in providing three square meals but live is not all about feeding,” he added.
Borno is the state worst affected by the terror attacks that have claimed the lives of some 13 000 people and displaced about 2 million in the past five years.
- CAJ News