Zulum allocates 580 houses to IDPs
Borno State Governor Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday inaugurated 580 units of two-bedroom houses at Auno Village, near Maiduguri, the state capital.
The houses were later allocated to displaced people who have been staying at the IDP camps in Maiduguri with their families after they were attacked by Boko Haram.
Auno Village is one of the villages that were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents several times. It is located a few kilometers away from Maiduguri in the Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
During the ceremony at the village which was attended by Borno State government officials, the District Head of Auno and displaced families, Governor Zulum said the occasion marked his administration’s drive for dignified and safe settlement of the displaced people in the state.
The Nation investigations revealed that the 580 houses were built by the state’s Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement (RRR) on the governor’s approval.
Additionally, a resettlement committee co-chaired by the Commissioner for RRR, Mustapha Gubio, and the Special Adviser on Sustainable Development, Partnerships, and Humanitarian Support to Governor, Mairo Mandara supervised the allocation of houses and resettlement of the displaced people.
Governor Zulum, who commended the resettlement committee urged them to work towards moving more displaced families from IDP camps to dignified homes.
He lamented that “IDP camps have been faced with so many problems of prostitution, drug abuse and the exploitation of humanitarian interventions by citizens who relocate to camps in the daytime mainly to get food rations meant for those with more severe needs, after which they return to their homes at night, leaving the real IDPs with fewer food allocations.”
The Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) Mustapha Gubio explained that a total of 4, 967 families, called households, were recently resettled with houses allocated to them in Damasak, Auno, Bama, Konduga Town, Jere, Maiduguri, and Marte.
The Commissioner also announced more resettlement housing projects were ongoing and nearing completion among Kaleri, Warabe, Chibok, Ngarnam, Damboa, Marte, Dalori, and more locations.