The Borno Government says it has reconstructed over 50, 000 houses; clinics, classrooms, water points, police stations and other public structures destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the past two years.
The state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Prof. Babagana Umara, stated this at a town hall meeting in Maiduguri.
Umara said the projects were executed in liberated communities in 16 local government areas of the state, under its Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) programme.
He explained that the projects were designed to fast track rehabilitation and resettlement of persons displaced by the insurgency.
“For us to achieve maximum security in the region the military operation must be accompanied by stabilisation and intelligence.
“The Borno Government has so far started reconstruction projects in 16 local government areas; basic amenities like water, health and education were being provided by the government.
“About 26 mega schools are under construction so as to take care of the increasing number of orphans in the state.
“In Bama Local Government Area the government reconstructed over 11, 000 homes, and in Mobbar, Damasak over 6, 000 homes reconstructed.
“ likewise other local government councils: Gwoza, Chibok and Damboa, among others, have received similar attention”.
Umara also disclosed that the government had successfully resettled displaced persons at konduga, Dikwa, Mafa, Gwoza, Mobbar, Askira, Ngala, Kukawa, Monguno and Damboa, amongst others.
He noted that the state government had implemented various programmes to augment interventions by the Federal Government and development organisations to mitigate the effects of humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency.
The commissioner stressed the need for establishment of civil authorities in the communities, to facilitate voluntary return and resettlement of displaced persons to their communities to resume their normal lives.
“The establishment of civil authorities on ground is very paramount, the government constructed many police stations and traditional rulers’ buildings with a view to establishing civil authorities on ground; and without establishment of civil authorities their return could not be possible.
“The issue of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement is very important because without return of civilian authorities in their localities there should be no complete peace.
“ Boko Haram will remain in the enclaves as long as there is no human population in the areas”.
Also, Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) urged the Federal Government to deploy police and other security personnel to the liberated communities to enhance the resettlement process.
Ndume further called for increased funding for the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), to accelerate reconstruction, rehabilitation, resettlement and reconciliation process in the war-ravaged region.
Ndume noted that the total destruction in Borno State was estimated at over 9 billion dollars, representing about N2.7 trillion.
According to statistics by Borno Government, over 20,000 persons were killed and over two million others displaced by the insurgency in the state.
It shows that 986, 453 residential homes; 5, 335 classrooms, 201 clinics, 1, 630 water facilities, 726 electrical distribution stations and 800 public structures were destroyed by the insurgents in 27 local government areas of the state.
JUST IN…..Senator Dino Melaye Arrested
Embattled Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has been arrested, ROYAL NEWS reports. The lawmaker according...
Bolaji Abdullahi salutes Emir of Ilorin at 78
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi , has congratulated the Emir of Ilorin,...
Nigeria commits $300m to eliminate malaria
The Federal Government has committed to secure US$300 million from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank...
Emir Sanusi advises FG to reduce bureaucracies attitude to foreign investors
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has urged the Federal Government to reduce unnecessary bureaucracies and its lackadaisical...
LP tasks INEC on party’s 2017 national convention
The Labour Party, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the decision of its convention by giving full...
There are thieves in govt—- Babalola
A former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kwara State, Mr. Sunday Adebayo Babalola...
Dangote Foundation donates N120m Secondary School in Lagos
Dangote Foundation has donated fully equipped secondary school in Lagos valued at N120 million. The foundation also offered free...
Kwara PDP guber aspirant canvasses LG autonomy
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Ajia,...
Moshood Mustapha: 5 additional APC excos sacked in Kwara
Five executive members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the Alanamu Ward of Ilorin West local government of Kwara...
66 unemployed youths get N7m empowerment tools in Ekiti
Ekiti state government on Thursday distributed job starter tools worth N7 million to 66 youths in the state under its...