Abuja FEMA plans relocation of 500 Borno IDPs to Maiduguri

by TheGuardian
(21/10/15)

THE Director-General of the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Abbas G. Idriss, has said that over 500 Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Borno State would be relocated from Apo Sunshine Estates Camp in Abuja to Maiduguri camps for resettlement before they could return to their communities in Gwoza Local Council.

This relocation of displaced persons to Maiduguri, according to him, was reached after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other humanitarian agencies and stakeholders concluded the relocation by a committee on inspection of camps in Maiduguri.

His words: “The relocation of these refugees from Gwoza in Borno State from the Apo Sunshine Estates, Abuja, are about to be concluded, as we have inspected all the Maiduguri camps, including the ones at Bakkasi and Gubio Road 400 Housing Estate for the resettlement of these IDPs. They agreed and are willing to come home before they could return to their respective communities in the affected local councils of Borno State.

“Already, tents are being provided at the Bakkasi and Gubio road camps to accommodate these IDPs from Abuja. And very soon, the willing refugees to be relocated nearer home are also ‘eager and enthusiastic’ of being relocated by FEMA in collaboration with Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and representatives of North-East Co-ordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar.”

Meanwhile, the leader of Gwoza displaced persons, Chakule Lawan, told The Guardian that his people at the Estate camp have over-stayed since they fled to Abuja because of Boko Haram attacks and bombings of several villages in Pulka, Ashgasiya, Kirawa, Ngoshe, Barawa and Chikide, including the council headquarters of Gwoza.

On Maiduguri camp facilities, he said: “We have seen the facilities on ground and as the leader of the IDPs in Abuja, I will do everything possible to evacuate and relocate our people to come down. This is because I have seen and experienced the situation we are facing in Abuja camp; and as such, I won’t hesitate to come down to Maiduguri resettlement camps.

“But then, I pray the military quickly liberate our communities from Boko Haram so that we can go back to Gwoza.”

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