Yobe gives land to Borno IDPs for permanent dwelling
The Yobe State Government has allocated plots of land and given building materials and cash to 307 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), mostly Borno indigenes living in Kukareta self-established camp in Yobe State.
The state Deputy Governor Abubakar D Ali who is also the Chairman, Yobe State Committee on Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, said the IDPs had resolved to settle permanently in the host community.
“Constitutionally, the IDPs have right to live wherever they want to live. And no IDP, either from within Yobe or from neighboring states or anywhere, would be compelled to return to their original settlement,” he said.
He also said that all the beneficiaries would be made bona-fide indigenes in the state by providing them with indigene letters of the host local government area, Damaturu.
The deputy governor also promised that the state government would provide social amenities that include clinic, water supply and schools to augment the existing ones in Kukareta and other returnee communities in the state.
One of the beneficiaries, Hajja Hauwa Bukar, said they decided to settle in Kukareta because of the support they consistently received from the Yobe State Government through the state emergency management agency (SEMA).
“SEMA is always providing food and other forms of livelihood support to us, and they facilitated our shelter today,” she said.
The beneficiaries are IDPs from Damboa and Kaga LGAs of Borno State and Gujba Local government area of Yobe State.
Items distributed to each of them included plots of land, blocks, zinc, nails, timber, cement, among others.
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