All internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps established in Borno in the wake of the insurgency in the North eastern part of the country are to be closed latest ending of May 2017, the state governor, Kashim Shettima, said on Wednesday.
Mr. Ibrahim gave the deadline while speaking during the plenary session on “Mitigating the impact of crisis and conflict” at the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#22) in Abuja.
“Let me be frank with you. I must confess, I am not a great fan of IDP camps,” he said.
“Historically, IDP camps are pregnant with a lot of challenges. I want to close down all the camps in Maiduguri and restore the dignity of our people. My target is May 29, 2017.
“We will not stampede or intimidate people to go back to terrains not well secured. The local government headquarters would put up a security architecture that would secure those places.
“The IDPs we have right now in Maiduguri, Biu and other places are full of challenges – issues of early child marriages, child prostitution, drug abuse, gangsterism. If we allow these things to continue, they will become unmanageable in a few year’s time.”