Ahmed Mohammed, Maiduguri
The immediate past executive Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Grema Terab has said that the agency had concluded arrangements to establish transit Camps in Bama, Konduga, Kukawa and Monguno for the easy resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Alhaji Grema Terab who disclosed while handing over the affairs of the agency to the secretary of the agency, Alhaji Bulama Kyari, said Borno State Government has been able to reduce its monthly spending on internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps to N40 million. He said “plans have been concluded for the building of transit camps in Bama, Kukawa, Monguno and Konduga local governments in readiness for the resettlement of those that fled the councils at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency.”
He recalled that at a stage it cost the state government N600 million monthly to take care of the IDPs. The handing over of the affairs of the agency was a result of the dissolution of all chairmen and members of boards and parastatals by governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima. He said the agency was able to serve about N500 million as a result of financial prudence put in place and the assistance received from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).
He said contrary to rumour that he was superintending over the monthly N600 million for IDPs in the state, the fund was all given to various ministries and agencies that have something to do with management of the camps. Terab said: “I have never had the prestige of managing N600 million since appointed seven months ago, it has been work, work and work even without the formal inauguration of our agency. I was motivated by the need of our people to find succour in the eye of insurgency and outmost suffering.”