The Borno State Governor,Kashim Shettima has said apart from the Internally Displaced Persons in different camps in the state, about 1.7 m Nigerians are currently living with hosts communities in Maiduguri and need assistance to resettle.
The governor, who stated this when he visited the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)in Abuja yesterday, said that Maiduguri is currently over stretched as a result of these people who are living within the host communities.
While calling for more assistance to resettle them in the liberated communities, Governor Shettima said though the federal government, through NEMA has been doing a great job to cater for these people, there is the need for more efforts to cater and resettle these people.
While responding to the plea, the director general of the agency, Mohammad Sani Sidi pledged to continue working with the Borno state government in order to cater for the IDPs in the state.
He also acknowledged the predicament of the Borno state government in handling issues of displaced persons and insurgency and pledged to support the state in any way it can.
Meanwhile, Shettima has expressed optimism that the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted over two year ago will be rescued and returned safely.
The governor noted that he had always been a man of faith and optimism and he believes that the Chibok school girls and every other person abducted in the state will be rescued and peace will return to the state soonest as the Boko Haram insurgents have been decimated and are currently subsdued.