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3,500 houses for Borno IDPs’ resettlement ready soon

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VSF, state support 61 families with N12.2m, others
Borno State Government is working tirelessly to complete 3,500 houses in six communities to resettle refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The houses at various stages of completion are sited at Kaleri, Warabe, Dalori, Damboa, Chibok and Banki communities of the state.

While addressing IDP returnees yesterday at Auno, the Commissioner of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Mustapha Gubio, disclosed: “The housing projects in the six communities, including Banki, a border town with Cameroon, have reached various stages of completion.”

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He said the housing estates were of eight-bedroom semi-detached houses with water supply, toilets and perimeter fencing.

“At Dalori and Kaleri 1,000 houses each have reached various stages of completion,” he said, adding that 500 houses at Banki were also rebuilt for the return of over 7,500 refugees at the Minawo IDP camp.

Other housing projects at Warabe, Damboa and Chibok are to be completed with 300, 500 and 200 houses respectively to relocate and resettled IDPs from existing 25 camps.

MEANWHILE, Victims Support Fund (VSF) and the Borno government have supported 61 deceased families with N12.2 million and income-generating materials.

During the 12-year Boko Haram insurgency, 76 district, ward and village heads were killed in Borno.

While distributing livelihood support machines and materials yesterday, at the Maiduguri Shehu’s palace, the Executive Director of VSF, Prof. Nana Tanko, disclosed: “These livelihood supports are to provide succour for the families of district and ward heads killed by terrorists.”

According to her, assessment of livelihood support to the families was made from each beneficiary before distributing the materials to them.

“A rapid needs assessment was conducted to ascertain the precise situation,” she said, adding that coping strategies to underscore the vulnerability of families in the absence of their breadwinners were made.

She said that 61 families from 14 local councils benefitted from the livelihood support project.

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