Over 2,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and families currently accommodated in public schools in Maiduguri are to be relocated to a new camp to enable the reopening of schools shut down over a year ago following incessant attack by the Boko Haram fundamentalist sect.
The new camp is sponsored by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Borno state government.
It is expected to be completed within two weeks.
The UNHCR Field/Protection Officer in Borno state, Mohammed Tejan-Cole, said at the launch of the new camp structure in Maiduguri that the camp will have toilets, boreholes and health facility.
He said: “After this high powered committee of the Borno State government has completed its relocation and resettlement strategies of IDPs living in public schools, the Bakasi camp was extended for the construction of 2, 500 family shelters.
“This committee has been assured that all the displaced persons taking refuge in public schools are to be relocated and resettled in these family shelters to enable government re-open schools this month.”
Also speaking, the UNICEF representative in the state, Dr Franck Ndaie, said steps have being taken to forestall all forms of diseases in the camp.
“With the relocations of displaced persons in primary and secondary schools camps of Maiduguri, UNICEF is to build 150 toilets, sinking of boreholes and the provision of health care centres, including the security of IDPs. Each block of the family shelter units will also have 28 classrooms, so that children of IDPs return to school this month.”