By Dauda Iliya
Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum says three major internally displaced persons camps within Maiduguri metropolis would be closed down by the end of this month.
Professor Zulum made this known while interacting with newsmen shortly after his return to Maiduguri after 21 day vacation.
According to the Governor, the camps that will be closed during the first phase are MOGOLIS IDP camp, NYSC and 500 housing unit along Gamboru Ngala road.
He explained that all IDPs taking refuge in the camps would be resettled in different location as part of the state government effort to shut down all IDP camps in Maiduguri in the coming months.
“Although the time is getting closer, but be rest assured that at least before the 31st of May, we should do everything possible to ensure closure of 3 to 4 IDP camps while others will be closed in due course.
Your are aware of what has happened in Damasak, Dikwa, Marte, Ajiri among others and live is very important, that is why we have some hitches in our plan to close the camps immediately”.
On restoration of power supply to Maiduguri and other neighbouring local governments which have been plunged into darkness for almost four months due to attack by the insurgents, Governor Babagana Zulum said efforts are on to restore electricity to the affected areas in the shortest possible time.
He noted that deliberate measures have also been taken to safeguard the electric towers and other infrastructure from been vandalise.
” We are working towards installing thermal energy potential in the state. Insha Allah we are on it and we hope to see the establishment of thermal energy power station in Maiduguri in the next six months.
is necessity, we are doing everything possible to ensure the restoration of the destroyed infrastructure so that the people of Borno state will again benefit from the dividend of democracy “.
The Governor promised to redouble effort towards restoring lasting peace in the state.