Borno State government said yesterday that it would resettle 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their communities this month.
Two hundred thousand IDPs from 23 of the 27 councils are staying in 22 camps in Maiduguri after the communities were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.
The Executive Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Malam Satomi Ahmad, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that “we are returning IDPs from communities in five local governments to their homes in liberated areas.
“The communities are in Monguno, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Mafa and Dikwa councils”.
He said IDPs’ movement would begin next week.
The SEMA boss noted that the exercise would involve 10,000 IDPs from Gwoza, 8,000 from Monguno, 9,000 from Mafa and 500 from Askira, among others.
He added that the government considered relocating the IDPs from Damboa Local Government.
“We are engaged in the formalities next week”, Ahmed said. He said the government ordered food items for the IDPs, so they could begin a new life.
“Government is buying food items for the IDPs because there was no farming in the last few years. They need food to survive when they return home.
“We plan to provide foodstuff to last them at least two months before they settle down to start economic activities”.