BORNO State Government
on Thursday inaugurated
the construction of 25, 000
family shelters for Internally
Displaced Persons, IDPs
taking refuge in public
schools in Maiduguri.
The Commissioner for
Education, Inuwa Kubo,
said this at the Bakasi IDP camp, adding that the
shelters would be constructed
by international donor
organizations led by the
United Nations Human
Rights Council, UNHRC.
He said the construction
of the shelters would last for
two weeks after which public
schools will re-open.
Mr. Kubo, who is also
the Chairman of the State
Committee on the Re-opening
of Public Schools, said the
government was concerned
about the continued closure
of schools, hence the need for
the relocation of the IDPs to
allow schools to re-open.
“It is an interesting moment
in my life to stand before
you to inform the world
that we are flagging off the
construction of 2,500 family
shelters for IDPs staying in
public schools in Maiduguri.
“The main aim is to relocate
the IDPs so that schools can
re-open,” he said.
According to him, the
committee had sensitized the
IDPs on the condition of the
new family shelter.
“We have done some
sensitization among the IDPs,
we have assured them that
wherever we are taking them
cannot be less than where
they were”, Kubo said.
He added that the
international donors had
pledged to provide water and
other facilities in the shelters.
“Our partners are going
to provide water and other
sanitation facilities like toilets,
in addition to provision of
additional feeding points.
“I think it is going to
provide standard shelters for
the IDPs pending when they
will eventually return home,”
Mr. Kubo said.

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