On Monday, the Borno State government commenced the evacuation of the first group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from public schools to a camp in order to enable public schools to reopen in Maiduguri.
The Borno State Commissioner of Education, Musa Inuwa Kubo, made this known while addressing journalists on Monday on the premises of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in Maiduguri.
He disclosed that the relocation could have started last year, but was delayed due to logistical and security reasons. 602 IDPs, along with their family members in other camps, will be relocated to Dalori.
"We promised [to relocate] them earlier, and that the schools at their new location will be of the same quality of their current location.
“Now that we [State government] have these basic humanitarian and camp facilities in place, we are starting the relocation.
"Immediately after the relocation, the schools are going to be re-opened," Mr. Kubo said.
He assured the people of Borno State that all of the schools shut down due to the insurgency will be reopened within a month.
He maintained that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has built enough family size tents to accommodate the relatives of the IDPs who have been living separately in other camps in Maiduguri for over two years.