The National Coordinator of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee, Fai Yengo Francis, has laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Permanent Boko Haram Disarmament Site in the Far North Region of Cameroon.
The structure estimated to cost 1 billion FCFA, will host over 1,000 ex-Boko Haram associates, who will have enough space to carry out activities like agriculture and cattle breeding.
Equipment to help in the reinsertion process was brought by UN disarmament experts, accompanying the NCDDR coordinator and the Governor of the Far North region Mijiyawa Bakari. The material included grinding mills, and wheelbarrows.
An announcement about the start of the project, was made three months ago in Maroua, where Fai Yengo Francis said “the Head of State gave instructions that work should start here and to let the traditional authorities know that work will start here in the next few days”.
The NCDDR Boss added that the ex-combatants, predominantly from Nigeria, are welcomed just as Cameroonians but after the process and necessary verifications, they are sent back rapidly to their countries.