Borno to close displaced persons camps in 2017

Solomon Chung, Abuja

All the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps across Borno State will be closed down by May, 2017.

The Governor, Kashim Shettima said the social challenges brought about by the IDP camps were becoming unacceptable and also alien to the culture of the people of Borno State entirely.

Governor Shettima was speaking with a team of Directors from United Nation Emergency Response Center at a round table in Abuja on.

“We will close down the IDP camps…We have to restore the dignity of our people. They have become indolent, relying on handouts from people and organisations before you know it this culture would set in and become difficult to handle.

 “We need to tell the brutal truth, there is obsession about the internally displaced persons’ camps.

What other stakeholders are interested in is about figures in the Internally Displaced Persons Camps;  We have real problems in the camps…The social problems are becoming unbearable. The issue of early child marriage, corruption, gangsterism and banditry, drug abuse, prostitution among others,’’ he explained.

Post conflict strategy
According to him, “We want to focus on post conflict strategy, so that this people can go back and start their real lives, what our people were known for.

“The commitment shown by all stakeholders is heart warming and the humanitarian crisis will soon be a thing of the past,’’ the Governor added.

The Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed said there was an urgent need to bring back life to these displaced persons for them to return to their homes.

Global problem
“This meeting shows the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis in the North-east of Nigeria. It is not just a Nigerian problem but a global one.

“The UN has shown that they are impressed by Nigeria’s effort, so what they are doing is about responsibility not charity. This renewed commitment and strategy shows that the global body is impressed by the commitment of the Nigerian government,’’ Mr Mohammed stated.

One of the United Nations representatives at the meeting, Mr. John Ging acknowledged that the global body was happy with the effort of Nigeria so far and as such gives them the motivation to do more and partner better in stamping out humanitarian crisis in the North-east.

“We are happy that the Nigerian government has taken the responsibility and is collaborating in the best way. We, as an agency will do our best to assist in making normalcy return,’’ Mr Ging stressed.

Mercy Chukwudiebere