Abuja - The Borno State Government said it would
require more than US$20 million to relocate victims displaced by the Boko Haram
insurgency back to their homelands.
Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, disclosed the
figures while addressing a delegation of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC), led by its President Peter Maurer, in Maiduguri, the state
“Borno state needs over US$20 million to resettle its people
that were displaced as most houses, business centres and places of worship were
all destroyed by the insurgents. Although, the military has liberated 97
percent of the communities taken over by insurgents in Borno, it will take time
for the government to fumigate and diffuse the landmines before they are
relocated to their various communities,” he said.
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Mustapha noted that although military troops had liberated
most of the communities under the control of Boko Haram in the state, the
government and the internally-displaced people (IDPs) found it difficult to go
back to their homes and re-establish their livelihoods due to security reports
that most of the roads and streets leading to the affected communities and
their farmlands were not safe.
He commended the efforts of the Red Cross, which has been
offering humanitarian assistance to the victims of the insurgency.
“The government and good people of Borno state want to use
this opportunity to thank you (Red Cross), NEMA and other donor agencies for
supporting us in this our trying moment,” said Mustapha.
Maurer sympathised with government and people of the state
and the north- east sub-region over the activities of insurgents and urged
other donor agencies to assist in cushioning the hardship faced by the victims
of Boko Haram terrorists.
He assured the people of the state, particularly the victims
of Boko Haram, that Red Cross would continue supporting IDPs with food and
non-food items as well as ensure that they lived healthily while in the camps.
- CAJ News