The Federal Government has pledged to construct 10,000 houses for 9,000 Borno internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose homes were destroyed on Monday in an inferno.
Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, said this would enable them return home and rebuild their lives.
Two persons were killed in the fire which razed 1,913 thatched rooms and destroyed other properties at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Farouk, who spoke on Wednesday while inspecting the damage, said President Muhammadu Buhari shared in the victims’ pains.
The President, she explained, was worried about the frequent fire incidents at IDP camp and conceived of the housing units as part of a permanent solution.
According to the minister, the assistance would involve sustainable home-grown models for rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction.
She presented 95 trailer loads of assorted grains, beans, condiments, among others and non-food items including zinc, wood, mattresses, blankets, buckets, mosquito nets, mats etc. which were to be distributed to 1,913 households comprising about 9000 beneficiaries.
Earlier, during a courtesy visit to Governor Babagana Zulum, Farouk expressed sadness at the tragic loss of life and property.
She commended the Borno State Government for its prompt response and thanked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the immediate activation of the Crisis Response Protocol.
Governor Babagana Zulum, who led the minister to the camp, thanked the Federal Government for the visit and pledged that the donations would be fairly distributed.