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BORNO DEPUTY GOV, KADAFUR LEADS 760 IDPs BACK TO ANCESTRAL HOMES AFTER 7 YEARS IN RESETTLEMENT CAMPS

BY Inusa Ndahi, Maiduguri
No fewer than 760 households who were hitherto displaced in the last seven years in Ngoshe Community of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State were yesterday resettled back to their ancestral homes by the Borno state Government.
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The Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur who led the peaceful return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from various resettlement camps across the state expressed government’s satisfaction with the level of reconstruction and arrangements put in place with regards to security, provision of social amenities such as potable drinking water, schools and availability of relief items to cater for theiimmediate needs.
Recalled that Gwoza Council Headquarter  and its surrounding communities were captured by armed Boko Haram Terrorists, in which the town was declared as Boko Haram Caliphate on 24th August, 2014, before it was liberated by the military on 28th March, 2015.
Kadafur who was more excited informed the returnees that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is very much concern on the continuous stay of IDPs in camps, and that government is doing everything possible to return all IDPs back to their ancestral home with respect and dignity.
The Deputy Governor urged the returnees to be law abiding citizens and cooperate with each other as well as the security operatives, and report any suspicious person or movement they noticed in their vicinity
He also advised the returnees to as a matter of necessity to concentrate on farming and other business activities, adding that government will continue to support them to become self- reliant.
He therefore commended the reconstruction and resettlement committee headed by the Commissioner of Housing and Energy, Engineer Yuguda Sale for a job weldone as well as all the prominent sons and daughters of Gwoza local government, particularly Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (Borno South), Hon Usman Jaha Babawo, Member Representing Gwoza, Damboa and Chibok federal constituency among others for their support and assistance which geatly facilitated the resettlement of the IDPs .
I want to use this opportunity to commend our security agencies for their sacrifice in restoring peace to our state, I also want to commend the good people of Gwoza and the returnees for conducting themselves in an orderly manner which make our work easier.
“As government, we will do everything possible to better your lives while you take up your pieces in your ancestral home. I want to urge you to please cooperate with government and security agencies and start your farming and other business activities so that you become self- reliant.” Kadafur stated.
Senator Ndume in his brief remarks expressed satisfaction with the level of security arrangement put in place in Ngoshe town, stressing that, so far the town is as safe.
The Chairman reconstruction and resettlement committee, Engineer Yuguda Sale, Dr Mairo Mandara and Professor Suleiman Bello who spoke on the same vein said the 760 households were among the first badge beneficiaries of the newly constructed 200 housing units, while other badges of the returnees would benefiin the ongoing construction of additional 400 housing units which will soon be completed by the government.
Some of the overzealous returnees, Mallam Jubrin,  Umar Ngoshe and Usman Abdullahi among others commended the state government for resettling them back to their communities after many years of displacement. End

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