The Borno State Government has said it is targeting May 29th, 2021 to close down Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum made this known today while delivering a Keynote address at the formal launching of ’25 Years Development Framework and 10 years of Strategic Transformation Plan’ due to over a decade of atrocities posed by insurgents.
He called on the existing 192 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) based in the state to key into its rehabilitation and resettlement programs.
Zulum said, the mission for launching the scheme and the policy to relocate all IDPs back to their ancestral homes was borne out the relative peace and the unflinching support from President Muhammadu Buhari to the government and the people of the state, in addition to restoring the old-age honor, dignity, and prosperity, while ensuring that all citizens and future generations have access to necessities, secured, and thrive at every stage of their lives in the state.
The governor also appreciated the efforts of the security agencies and all humanitarian partners such as UNICEF, World Bank, WHO among others for restoration of peace and humanitarian services in the state.
“The formal launching of 25 Years Development Framework and 10 Years of Strategic Transformation Plan for Borno was due to over decade atrocities posed by insurgents”.
“The five drivers of the strategic Pillars were anchored on Human Capital Development, Leadership in Agriculture, Healthy Citizenry, Sustainable Environment, and Regional Trad Hub, with four enabling strategic pillars which are: Reconstruct, Rehabilitate and Resettle, Purposeful Infrastructure, Accountable Governance, Peace and Security”.
“We are going to do everything possible within the scarce resources at our disposal to ensure smooth implementation of these policies and programs to reposition Borno to a greater height”.
“South Korea has once declared the second forest in the World due to its civil war, but because of good vision and support from all stakeholders, South Korea came up victorious and now one of the leading producers of Electronics in the whole world”.
“We are therefore soliciting support from all and sundry to key into our vision and mission to make Borno one of the best investment-friendly to Nigerians and the International community.
“As a government, we cannot do this alone without the cooperation of our humanitarian partners who have been there for us since the beginning of the conflict, and we, therefore, enjoin all NGOs living in the state to join hand with us rebuilt the state,” Zulum said.