By Rabiu Sani
Maiduguri, Feb. 21, 2019 The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) says it has put a machinery in motion to resettle 14, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, made the disclosure when a team of UN officials visited the Teachers’ Village IDPs Camp in Maiduguri on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an estimated 42, 100 persons fled their homes due to attacks from Boko Haram insurgents at Baga, Kruss Kawwa, Kukawa and Mairari communities of Kukawa Local Government area of Borno,
The IDPs were currently taking shelter at the Teachers’ Village, Gubio, Bakassi and Dalori IDPs camps in Maiduguri.
Kallon disclosed that UN agencies had constructed more than 1, 900 temporary shelters at the Mohammed Gwoni Stadium in Maiduguri to accommodate the IDPs.
He said that the project was designed to decongest the overcrowded Teachers’ Village IDPs’ camp sequel to the massive displacement recorded in the northern part of Borno in the last two months.
Kallon said that the UN agency would accord priority to the single female headed households in the allocation of shelters at the newly established camp to mitigate their sufferings.
“In October 2018, the Teachers’ Village camp population was estimated at 8, 605 individuals mainly from Kukawa and Ngala Local Government areas of the state.
“Since November 2018, the camp absorbed more than 20, 000 newly arrived displaced persons bringing the total camp population to more than 31,000 persons, representing more than 300 per cent increase. More than 80 per cent are women and children in dire of humanitarian assistance.
“The camp has a maximum capacity of 10, 000 persons and the spike in camp population is stretching resources, particularly in shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation.”
Kallon said that the high influx of displaced persons fleeing the conflict in the region had aggravated the humanitarian situation and exposed the affected persons due to lack of adequate resources to cater for their immediate needs.
According to him, the UN in collaboration with humanitarian actors, Federal and Borno State Governments had scaled up response activities to address humanitarian crisis caused by the resurging Boko Haram attacks.
Kallon said that the agencies had been providing support to IDPs in the areas of food, shelter, protection, health, nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation.
He said that a team of UN-OCHA officials were on assessment visit to appraise the humanitarian situation to enable the agency map out strategies to effectively response to challenges occasioned by the recent displacement in the North east.
NNN reports that Kallon was accompanied during the visit by Ms Reena Ghelani, the Director of Operations and Advocacy, Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, the Director of Coordination, and Ms Lisa Carty, the Director of Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilisation.
Some of the places visited by the officials included the Teachers’ Village camp’s clinic and registration centres as well as the 1, 900 new shelters project.
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Tajudeen Atitebi