Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, travelled to Baga, a famous fishing area, over the weekend, during which he supervised the resettlement of 500 families that were made up of 1,200 members displaced for more than seven years, by insurgents’ attacks.
Of the 1,200 family members, 716 women each received N10,000 cash, a wrapper and children’s clothing, while 486 men also received N10,000 each.
Both the men and women each received a bag of rice, a bag of maize grill and other condiments.
Doron Baga, a fishing community located in the shores of Lake Chad is in Kukawa local government area, and was a major area of economic interest to Boko Haram, during their occupation for more than seven years.
Displaced residents relocated to IDP camps in Monguno IDPs until Zulum set up a resettlement committee that was headed by Borno’s attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan. The committee rebuilt homes and public institutions and began to safely resettle residents, most of whom had been anxious to return.
At the latest resettlement, Zulum addressed returnees at Doron Baga primary school.
“This town was dislodged by the insurgents many years ago. Today, to the glory of God, we are witnessing the first return of the people to their home town from Monguno town of Monguno Local Government area” the Governor said.
Zulum however warned the returnees that government would not condone any form of sabotage from any individual, enjoining them to report any suspicious person or activity, as it is only with their co-operation, that security could continue to safeguard Baga.
The resettlement committee chairman, Kaka Shehu Lawan, said that success of people’s return was due to Zulum’s resilience and untiring effort, explaining that with the return, many have returned to fishing businesses
Meanwhile, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has applauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards the return of peace to the shores of Lake Chad and ongoing resettlement.