Borno to close all IDP camps by Dec. 31

 Borno says it will close all Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps located within Maiduguri, by Dec. 31.

Gov. Babagana Zulum made this known while addressing State House correspondents at the end a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja on Friday.

He said the decision to close the camps in Maiduguri informed by the recent improvement in the security situation in the state.

According to him, the state government decided to close the camps to enable displaced persons to return to their ancestral homes.

“I came to brief the president on efforts made by Borno State government in ensuring the return 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 all internally-displaced persons’ camps are inside Maiduguri on or before Dec. 31.,’’ he said.

According to the governor, arrangements have also been concluded for the return persons displaced into neighbouring Niger and Cameroun Republics, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry Humanitarian Affairs.

“In addition to that, Borno State government is also making efforts in collaboration with the ministry to continue with the repatriation Nigerians in Minawo Camp in Cameroun.

“Furthermore, on Nov. 27, Borno State government will ensure the resettlement IDPs are living in Diffa Province Niger to Malumfatari, a local government area in Borno where we don’t have human population because the insurgency,” he added.

Zulum commended security agencies for their support and efforts in the restoration peace to troubled local government areas in Borno.

“To this effect, the military is providing all the needed support to the government Borno State.

“I am pleased to inform you also the Chief Naval Staff, Rear Adm.   Gambo, ensured the return Naval Base to Baga last month,” Gov. Zulum said. (NAN)