Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri have vacated their camps ahead of the November 30, 2021 dateline for the closure of all camps by the Borno State Government.
A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent reports that most of the camps have been vacated by the displaced persons.
NAN gathered that the state government had on Saturday provided cash and food items to the IDPs ahead of the planned closure of the camps to enable them move to their respective homes.
Some of the IDPs from Gwoza, Monguno and Guzamala Local Government Areas, who spoke with NAN in Maiduguri, said that household heads were given N100,000 each, while housewives were given N50,000 each to facilitate their home return.
Mustafa Gubio, the state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, said the development was part of government’s commitment to close all IDP camps in Maiduguri in line with its resettlement programme.
Gubio said that the IDPs from Bakassi camp, numbering about 7,000, were expected to return to their LGAs headquarters, from where they would proceed to their villages after necessary clearance.
“The resettlement is being done in a dignified way in line with Kampala Convention,” he said.