THE Federal Government has released N5.2bn to build houses to accommodate victims of Boko Haram insurgency in troubled Borno State, the governor of the State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has revealed.
The governor, who spoke during an assessment tour of 1,000 housing units for returning internally displaced persons at the outskirts of Maiduguri, said the money released by the Federal Government was for the building of 10,000 houses for 1.7m IDPs expected to return to their communities.
The IDP returnees are currently taking refuge in IDP camps in Maiduguri, Dikwa, Monguno, Dolori and three border communities with Cameroon.
Zulum said the release of funds was sequel to state government’s request last year for the construction of housing estates.
The governor, while praising the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for graciously approving the fund for the building of the housing units, said the houses on completion would ensure the resettling back of 1.7m IDPs to their ancestral homes destroyed by insurgents