Northern Governors have set May 29, 2017 as the target date when all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps would be closed, after resettling the IDPs to their homes.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, who is also the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum said the governors were going to marshal whatever resources with or without international support to see that they return displaced persons to their homes.
Flanked by the Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, his Kwara counterpart, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Bauchi Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, he noted that in most of the camps, there were challenges of early marriage, child prostitution, drug abuse and the sooner they closed them down, the better.
“On the issue of resettlement, the bulk of IDPs are from Borno State, the population of maiduguri has swelled from two million to three million now. And where there is a will there is always a way. Believe me by May 29th next year we want our people to go back to their homes.
“We are going to marshal whatever resources with or without international support to see that we have restored the dignity of our people. We cannot wait for eternity for manner for heaven from international community to develop our communities. The biggest IDP camps is in Kenya, the Kenyan government has finally summon the political courage to close down that camp. In most of the camps there is challenge of early marriages, child prostitution, drug abuse, of gangerism etc,” Shettima stated.