Borno gov threatens to sack district heads for abandoning IDPs
Kashim Shettima, Borno State governor has threatened to fire district heads and council officials employed to monitor Internally Displaced Persons over abandonment of “makeshift camps” in Monguno, Borno State.
The abandoned IDPs, according to him, were sacked from their communities, following recent Boko Haram attacks in Kukawa, Abadam, Marte, Monguno and Bama Local Government Areas.
Shettima gave the warnings on Saturday, while addressing the displaced persons, before holding the All Progressive Congress (APC) campaign rally in Monguno, the Borno North senatorial headquarters.
“Any District Head, including council chairmen and secretaries that fail to join these displaced people sacked from their communities to take refuge in Monguno, has Tuesday this week to join their people.
“These people are distressed and don’t have any place to go and rely on for their needs for food, shelter and security,” he said.
According to him, the makeshift camps are inhabitable that could breed water and airborne diseases.
He added, “When I asked some of the agonising women on the whereabouts of their local leaders, they said most of them have taken ‘refuge and living’ in Maiduguri metropolis.
“It is at this pathetic moment today (Saturday), I conclude that District Heads and top council officials have abandoned their people in Monguno town.”
The State’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said over 58,600 people were displaced in the recent attacks in Kukawa, Monguno, Abadam and Marte councils.
Shettima said that any affected District Head and council officials that failed to join IDPs in Monguno on Tuesday, is considered to be fired by government.
He the leader of the IDPs are supposed to live and attend to their basic needs of life-food, shelter and security.
He said there may be competent traditional leaders and council officials for replacement to take good care of IDPs, before they return to their communities this year.
While appreciating the pathetic living conditions of IDPs, he said that state government is going to establish more camps in Monguno town and its environs.