MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has inaugurated a committee for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in Baga.
The committee which will be chaired by the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Kaka Lawan, has the following terms of reference:
“To commence immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation work in Baga; to undertake palliative repairs of Monguno-Cross-Baga road in collaboration with the Nigerian military.
“To put in place all requirements that will ensure safety of lives and properties on return; to facilitate the establishment of civil authorities on ground.
“To identify IDPs from Baga with a view to resettling them back; and any other matter incidental to the smooth return and safety of lives and properties.”
It would be recalled that Zulum was in Baga on assessment of damages caused by Boko Haram insurgents on the town, and to equally have interface with the military command in charge of Baga General area for the possibility of citizens returned.
“Following my visit to Baga on the August 5, 2020 on an inspection tour to have interface with the military to see things for myself, a formal letter was sent to the Chief of Army Staff notifying him of the desire for the people to relocate to Baga.
“In view of the foregoing, Borno State Government constituted a high-powered committee comprising top government functionaries both from the Federal and State Governments, the Armed Forces, CJTF, hunters, and traditional rulers.”
Speaking further, Zulum, disclosed that the Chief of Army Staff has replied a letter sent by the State Government seeking military clearance for the return of IDPs to the area.
“You may recall that the state government have earlier written to the Nigerian Army, and have fixed September 26, as a possible return date of our people to Baga.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Chief of Army Staff has replied that it is possible for the Government of Borno State to relocate people back to Baga on September 26, 2020.
“Arising from this decision, we immediately swung into action by constituting this committee. I therefore urge you to work assiduously with a view to actualization of the return of people back to Baga on the September 26. You should work round the clock.
“This administration will not hesitate to release all the necessary funds required for the implementation of this noble objectives.”
The Governor expressed appreciation to all the security establishments for their efforts in the fight against insurgency in the State.