The Borno State Government has declared that it will close all Internally Displaced Persons camps located within Maiduguri, the state capital, by December 31, 2021.
Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this on Friday, while addressing state house correspondents at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja.
He said the decision to close the camps in Maiduguri was informed by the recent improvement in the security situation in the state.
Zulum explained the state government decided to close the camps as part of efforts to enable displaced persons return to their various ancestral homes.
He said, “I came to brief the president on efforts made by the Borno State government in ensuring the return of internally-displaced persons to their homes.
“So far so good, Borno State government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure the closure of all internally-displaced persons’ camps that are inside Maiduguri on or before December 31.”
He added that the state government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management concluded arrangements for the safe return of the persons displaced in neighbouring countries like Niger and Cameroun Republics.
“In addition to that, the Borno State government is also making efforts in collaboration with the ministry to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians in Minawo Camp in Cameroun.
“Furthermore, on November 27, Borno State government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam-Fatori, a local government area in Borno where we don’t have human population because of the insurgency,” he added.
Zulum therefore commended security agencies for their support and efforts in the restoration of peace to troubled local government areas in Borno.
He said, “To this effect, the Nigerian military is providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State.
“I am pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, ensured the return of the naval base to Baga last month.”