Today,the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, says all
Internally Displaced Person camps in the state would be closed down by
May 29, 2017 hopefully, if all things work according to planned
Shettima told the News Agency of Nigeria today Friday in Maiduguri, that the state has nearly two million displaced persons.
He said the government had placed priority on the
reconstruction of communities destroyed Boko Haram insurgents, to
facilitate the return of IDPs to their towns and villages. He said this in his own words..
“We have reconstructed Bama 25 per cent; my target is to
reach 50 per cent the end of this year and 75 per cent first
quarter of 2017. I want to close down all IDP camps latest May 29, 2017, because the IDP camps are becoming a huge problem on their own.If we allow the entrenchment of these IDP camps, they are
pregnant with loads of challenges of early child marriage, prostitution,
drug abuse, gangsterism.
And we will be confronted with huge social challenges of an
entitlement complex of people feeling that they are entitled to be
catered for.So in as much as we observe the Kampala Convention, we will not compel anybody to return to their communities.But we know our people better than any other person, and it
is not for somebody sitting in Abuja, Paris, London, US and any other
places to dictate to us on how we should live our lives.Our people, in spite of their poverty, still have some
pride left in them, a lot of them will rather go back to their
communities and eat guinea corn and millet than to eat your rice and
chicken in the IDP camps.This is why we want to restore the dignity of our people by
rebuilding their homes, rebuilding their schools, engaging them in
gender empowerment initiatives so as to enable them return back to their
December we are taking back all the people of Kaga Local Government Area.”