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Resettling IDP's could cost Borno $20 million

19 May 2015, 18:56

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 capital.

“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.

Also read: Relief distribution reintroduced in Borno State

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


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