Insurgency: Fund commences evacuation of 5,704 IDPs to ancestral home in Borno

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Insurgency: Fund commences evacuation of 5,704 IDPs to ancestral home in Borno

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has commenced the transportation of 5,704 households from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri to their ancestral communities in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.

Speaking about the evacuation, VSF Vice Chairman, AVM Lawal Alao (rtd), said the VSF is targeting to move 11,765 families spread across three IDPs camps back to their ancestral homes.
He said the evacuation was the second to be conducted by the fund.

Alao commended the military and other security agencies for restoring peace in Borno and their support for the VSF, which helped to sustain its activities in the state.

Also speaking, the Executive Director of VSF, Professor Nana Tanko lauded the Borno State Government for supporting the IDPs.

He said that apart from providing the beneficiaries with food and non-food items, VSF would also provide each head of household N100,000 while married women would receive N50,000 each.

Tanko said those being evacuated were also empowered in areas of farming, food processing, education, and psychosocial support.

“There is also peacebuilding as they are going back to the same communities with some repentant Boko-Haram members. We are looking at social cohesion,” Tanko said.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Borno Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Alhaji Mohammed Habib, lauded VSF for its sustained support to the state.

He said the state government had so far resettled about 15 communities leading to the closure of 10 IDPs camps.

Habib said many members of the resettled communities had since picked up their lives.

Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, appreciated VSF for the intervention and assured sustained collaboration with the state government.

“We want to thank our partners, particularly the VSF, we appreciate all interventions VSF is doing. Let me use the opportunity to call on all those going back to be law-abiding citizens and should report any suspicious movement to authorities that are trying to make things comfortable for you. You need to cooperate with them to properly secure your environment,” Kadafur said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most of the beneficiaries thanked God and all those who made it possible for them to return home.

“After seven years in the camp, I am today going back home, it’s a dream come true, and may we never experience such a crisis again,” Falmata, one of the IDPs said.

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