The Chief of Defence Staff Inaugurates committee for creation of safe corridor in the North East Operational theatre.
CREATION OF SAFE CORRIDOR GETS COMMITTEE
In accordance with a presidential directive, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has, this afternoon, inaugurated a national committee to oversee the creation of safe passageway into the mainstream Nigerian society for members of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Boko Haram members pencilled for reintegration are those forcefully conscripted into the group and those who have already surrendered and given up their membership of the sect and those willing to renounce their membership.
Members of the committee comprise relevant federal government agencies involved in the counter-insurgency operation and representatives of states in the North East and Jigawa.
The Committee’s terms of reference include; to identify implementation partners and establish their responsibilities, to establish a framework for coordination of implementation agencies, to determine funding requirements and sources, to identify technical assistance needs and possible sources, to outline broad information strategies in collaboration with implementation agencies, to determine location of assembly areas, encampment sites, IDP camps as well as safe corridors and routes, and, finally, to determine the overall security requirements and concerns in the counterinsurgency operation.
The Committee which has one month for its assignment will also tackle the creation of mobile offices, access roads, feeding and medical treatment for the IDP, skill and vocational training for the IDP, joint media centres and the establishment of necessary structures and receptive centres to resettle repentant terrorist members.
So far, military operations in the Boko Haram prone area have yielded remarkable successes, following the immediate review of the security forces strategy, approach and concept of operation designed to neutralize the operational capabilities of the terrorists and rout them out before the year’s end.
Already, to ameliorate the suffering of the IDP, the DHQ and the Military Services have embarked on aggressive quick impact projects which have significantly improved their wellness.