The Borno State government yesterday began the relocations of first batch of 602 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Yerwa to Dalori resettlement camp for the re-opening of closed public schools over Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri metropolis.

The planned relocation of displaced persons, according to the Borno State Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Musa Inuwa Kubo, had been postponed for four times since January 2016.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at the Government Girls Secondary School, Yerwa, Maiduguri, Kubo disclosed that the relocation of the first phase of IDPs would have started last year, but logistic and security reasons halted it; until yesterday with 602 displaced persons along with their relatives in other camps relocated to the Dalori camp.

His words: “We thank God; it is a reality to reopen our schools that were closed down for over a year now, we are conveying this morning 602 IDPs to Dalori camp with their families, as we have assured the people that this exercise takes care of the basic needs of the displaced persons.

While assuring the relocating IDPs, he said: “We assured the people that where we are taking these displaced persons have water and all basic facilities. Shelter and security have already been put in place.”

He said that the lack of these basic facilities and the security of the IDPs, delayed their relocations to camps for the schools.

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