Over 5,000 indigenes of Borno State, who are currently internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps set up by the Adamawa State Government, would soon be evacuated back home, Borno Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Dukuwa, has disclosed.
Speaking with journalists in Yola, the Adamawa State capital at the weekend after he visited the IDPs, Dukuwa said the evacuation will take place in a fortnight.
It would be recalled that the Borno government had suspended the evacuation of IDPs after the death of its former deputy governor, Zannah Mustapha, in April.
But in a strong indication that Borno was ready to continue with the exercise, the deputy governor said: “l am here on the instructions of the governor to see our over 5,000 IDPs; and he asked me to tell you that in two weeks’ time we shall resume your evacuation back to your homes”.
He added that the necessary things have been put in place to ensure that the IDPs live comfortably again in their homes and villages.
While commending the government and people of Adamawa State for the support and succor provided for the IDPs, Mr. Dukuwa assured that farmers among them would return to their farms next year.
The deputy governor further disclosed that as part of efforts to rehabilitate the displaced persons “the governor of Borno state has set up Ministry of Reconstruction and Rehabilitation to take care of the damages caused by insurgents”.
Borno and Adamawa are two of the states worse hit by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.