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PCNI Inaugurates IDPs Resettlement C’ttee

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The Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI) said it inaugurated a committee for the return and resettlement of persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.

The vice chairman of the PCNI, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa, stated this in Maiduguri yesterday that the committee was constituted to facilitate safe and dignified return of displaced persons to their homes.

Tumsa said the committee was part of strategies adopted to ensure successful implementation of the resettlement exercise.

He said that members of the committee included Borno Government, UN agencies, humanitarian and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), military, police and other security agencies as well as representatives of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

According to him, PCNI will be at the forefront of the return process.

It will ensure the people return to their homes in a safe, dignify manner, and pick up livelihoods to resume their normal lives.

Tumsa noted that the challenge facing the exercise was how to be able to sustain the resettled communities in the next four months in terms of food supply before they could harvest their crops.

He disclosed that the PCNI in collaboration with Victim Support Fund (VSF) provided seeds and fertilizers to the returning farmers, to enable them to engage in agricultural activities.

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