BORNO State government yesterday commenced the relocation of first batch of 602 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Yerwa to Dalori resettlement camp for the re-opening of public schools closed over Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri metropolis.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Musa Inuwa Kubo.Addressing journalists at a news conference yesterday at the premises of GGSS, Maiduguri, Kubo said that: “The relocation of the first phase of IDPs could have started last year, but logistic and security reasons prevented this until today (yesterday) with 602 displaced persons and their family members in other camps moved to Dalori.
His words: “We thank God; it is a reality, we are conveying this morning 602 IDPs to Dalori camp with their families, as we have assured the people that this exercise takes care of the basic needs of the displaced persons.
“We promised them earlier that whenever we are relocating them from the schools, it will certainly be to a place with better facilities.”
He added that: “We assured the people that where we are taking these displaced persons would have water, toilets and all other basic facilities.”
He said the lack of these basic facilities and the security of the IDPs delayed their relocation to camps so that schools can be re-opened for students who had been forced to remain at home for a long time.
He, however, noted: “Now that we have gotten these basic facilities in place; we are starting the relocation and immediately after this the schools would be re-opened.
Speaking on the state of Dalori camp, Kubo maintained that; “As far as we are concerned, the basic necessity needed is shelter. And the shelter to accommodate these IDPs, is being provided with blankets, mats and solar-powered lanterns.”
The commissioner also said that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has built many family size tents to reunite the IDPs with their families, who had been living separately in other camps for over two years.
He said Borno State government appreciates the contributions of donor agencies in the exercise.