By Makmid Jones
Mr. Babagana Zulum, the Borno State Governor, has asked the government of Muhammadu Buhari to build homes for survivors of Boko Haram and not camps.
He appealed to the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons to utilize resources in building homes for survivors who have been living in the camps having been displaced by Boko Haram.
The governor who made his mind known while granting audience to delegation Refugee Commission officials, led by Mr. Lado Mohammed and a representative of Qatar Foundation, said, moving the humanitarian intervention from palliative to a more sustainable one has become fundamental.
“We are happy with all your interventions, ” he said. “However, we will request that you do not focus on IDP camps but rather on stabilization for the IDPs and by that, I mean contributing in the construction of resettlement houses which can be allocated to households as their permanent places to live and we then provide them with means of livelihoods to sustain themselves.
“As a government, we are moving from the phase of enhancing IDP camps to resettlement. By resettlement, I do not mean having to go and build houses elsewhere, the houses could be near the IDP camps, we will provide the land.”
He added that coordinating the influx of intervention “gives a clear policy direction for the state government who will be taking lead in determining its priorities”.
Mr. Mohammed, a Federal Commissioner in charge of the Refugee Commission, disclosed that Qatar Foundation was “interested in building a resettlement camp in Borno state” which is why they were in Borno for Zulum approval and land allocation.
Reacting, Zulum thanked the delegation; however, he reminded them that survivors need a permanent home and not camps.
Many who have been displaced by Boko Haram are living in camps with the federal government has made many promises to their homes and resettle them.