Gwoza emir seeks relocation of 4,000 internally-displaced persons
THE Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Shehu Idrissa Timta, has urged Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to relocate over 4,000 Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) residing in various camps of Maiduguri to two major communities that have relative peace and security in his chiefdom.
The monarch, who made the call yesterday when he paid a Sallah visit to the Governor at the Government House, Maiduguri, said with the relative peace being restored by the military in Gwoza town and its presence in both Pulka and council headquarters to protect lives and property, the displaced persons in Maiduguri could be relocated to continue their normal life.
His words: “Your Excellency Sir, as peace has been restored in my chiefdom, particularly Gwoza town and Pulka, there is the need to decongest the camps in Maiduguri for the reopening of schools in October this year. Already, the secondary and primary schools in Gwoza have been opened by the military for students and pupils to resume their classroom lessons.
With the restoration of peace and military presence in Gwoza town and Pulka, 16 kilometres from the council headquarters the areas could accommodate all the displaced persons not only from Maiduguri metropolis, but the ones displaced from over eight communities of Bokko, Ngoshe, Agapalawa, Kughum, Barawa, Ashgashiya, Kirawa and Chinene by Boko Haram insurgency since August 6, 2014.”
He said the displaced persons taking refuge in Maiduguri, including the ones in other towns and cities, are willing to return to their respective communities in Gwoza and Pulka.
Responding, Governor Shettima said the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Gwoza town would commence next month with the distribution food items this week.
He said: “But before then, I will personally visit the affected destroyed towns and villages, and proceed to neighbouring council of Uba/Askira this week, before embarking on the “full rehabilitations and rebuilding” of all the Boko Haram destroyed communities in southern Borno State.”