Gambari inaugurates 804 UNDP houses to resettle displaced persons in Borno
The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has commissioned 804 houses to resettle displaced persons in Ngarannam community and other villages in Borno State.
They were also provided with 2,674 livestock to restart life. The resettlement houses were built by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the state government under the Regional Stabilisation Facility (RSF) projects.
Gambari, while commissioning the UNDP housing projects, at the weekend, in Mafa town, said: “The completed housing estate is furnished with a health centre, police station and market to sell fattened livestock and restore IDP returnees’ livelihoods in the liberated communities of Mafa Local Council.” He added that the RSF support was from Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom (UK), The Netherlands and the European Union (EU).
The Chief of Staff, who noted that out of the 500 housing units, 360 were completed with 140 ongoing for completion by end of 2022, said that the RSF was to facilitate implementation of the regional strategy for the stabilisation, recovery and resilience of areas affected by the insurgency. He said the insurgency-affected areas include the Lake Chad Basin communities in Cameroun, Niger, Chad and Nigeria.
The UNDP’s Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Yahya, and representatives of ECOWAS, EU and Embassies of Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands, also delivered their goodwill messages in solidarity with the people of the state and support of the housing projects.
RESPONDING, Governor Babagana Zulum said the state was highly indebted to the UN and other humanitarian and development partners for their support. He commended the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who had visited Borno in May 2022, as part of his relentless support for the state’s stabilisation from the over a decade terrorism that had claimed many lives and property.
MEANWHILE, Zulum distributed food items and 2,674 cattle, comprising 873 cows and 1,801 goats, as livelihood support for families that are resettled in the Ngarannam two housing estates. He said that 437 male heads of households were to each have a pair of bulls and heifer, while 64 female heads of households were to each receive a pair of a female and male goat.
Besides, he added that 503 housewives were each to get a pair of she-goats and one he-goat. According to him, all the resettled households are also each get two 50 kg bags of rice and maize, a gallon of vegetable oil, a mattress, plastic mat, blanket and clothing materials.
He added that each of the households, including the female heads, is to get N100,000 through a micro-finance bank. He, therefore, urged the households to make good use of the funds for economic activities to restore their livelihoods.