Borno State government has successfully returned the first batch of Bama internally displaced persons ( IDPs) who are living in camps. This was after an official flag off of their return by Governor Kashim Shettima at Dalori IDPs camp; the first IDPs camp to witness the return of the people back to their communities.
The IDPs were conveyed to their place of origin after documentation by the committee set up by the Borno State government on returning and resettlement of Bama displaced persons.
The commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement ( RRR ) , Prof Babagana Umara Zulum had while addressing newsmen over the resettlement, said adequate arrangements were made by Borno State government for the returnees.
Prof Zulum said government provided several infrastructures for the returnee IDPs including 11,630 private homes in addition to public structures and other basic amenities.
He said that each returnee were given food and non food materials by Governor Kashim Shettima in order to commence a new life in earnest, adding that the items donated include one bag of 50kg rice and maize grits each, 30 litres of cooking oil, plastic mats, mattresses and N10,000 cash to each returnee.
“Also ready for the returning IDPs are eight primary schools rehabilitated by Victims Support Fund in collaboration with the Ministry for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation And Resettlement, maternity centre, 1800 shops in addition to market stalls. 150 mosques and ongoing rehabilitation of 15 boreholes among others.
“ Almost all the physical structures were renovated and solely funded by the state government including logistics, labour and materials worth billions of naira while other supporting development partners made a few contributions in terms of livelihood support for the returning IDPs as well as building materials and some equipment ,” Prof Zulum said.
The commissioner thanked Governor Kashim Shettima, President Buhari and supporting partners for their support and assistance in rebuilding Bama town and other towns destroyed by Boko Haram in Borno State.
He also acknowledged the support, cooperation and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the restoration of peace in Borno and Northeast, saying that without the liberation of the areas from the Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian military, the mission of the ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement would have been impossible.