The Federal Government of Nigeria has delivered 300 two-bedroom housing units and other livelihood-enhancing infrastructure to two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State. The projects were inaugurated last week at events attended by top officials of the Borno government, led by Governor Babagana Zulum, traditional and religious leaders, federal and state lawmakers, as well as officials of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Senior Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, disclosed that the housing units and other infrastructure were part of efforts to improve the living conditions of people, as well as ensure the safety and resilience of people affected by insurgency. Specifically, 200 units, a fully equipped 20-bed Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), skill acquisition centre, a mini sports pavilion, and a community hall were inaugurated at the IDP camp in Nganzai.

Other facilities unveiled for the displaced persons include a furnished four blocks of 24 classrooms, a water scheme with full reticulation, access roads, and an integrated 400 units of solar streetlights. In Gwoza, the government delivered for use of the IDPs 100 housing units, a fully equipped 20-bed PHC, and a quarter for security operatives. The rest included three furnished blocks of six classrooms, a water scheme with complete reticulation, access roads, 500 integrated solar streetlights, and market shops.

In addition, the Federal Government urged the National Humanitarian Technical Working Group (NHCTWG) to review draft policy documents on humanitarian operations in the country and validate them for Federal Executive Council (FEC)’s ratification before the end of the present administration. Orelope-Adefulire applauded the Buhari-led administration for providing the needed resources that have enabled the authorities to work closely with sub-national governments to deliver key interventions to fast-track the achievement of the 2023 agenda.

The delivery of the housing units and infrastructure to IDP camps in Borno State is part of the Nigerian government’s efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in the northeastern part of the country, which has been affected by insurgency and displacement for over a decade. The provision of adequate shelter and infrastructure is crucial in improving the living conditions of displaced persons and helping them to rebuild their lives.