Shettima Pledges To Rebuild, Rehabilitate Destroyed Borno Communities
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has pledged to “reconstruct and rehabilitate” all the towns and villages destroyed by the Boko Haram sect immediately after the Ramadan fast.
Shettima said this was because the over 150,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have spent over a year in Maiduguri and Biu. This was disclosed at the weekend in Maiduguri, while the governor was breaking his fast with the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi and IDPs at Government Girls Science Secondary School (GGSSS), Yerwa resettlement camp.
He said with the relative peace being experienced in some of the affected towns of Bama, Monguno, Baga, Gambouru, Gwoza, Dikwa, the displaced persons taking refuge in the metropolis are to exercise patience before they could return to their respective communities.
According to him: “As we continue to pray for the return of peace in this state, I urge all of you here today to exercise more ‘patience’ as you have been displaced for many months from your destroyed homes and communities.
We assure you that with the relative peace being experienced, this administration will commence the rebuilding and rehabilitation of all the destroyed communities immediately after Ramadan.
“The Shehu of Bama has just briefed me about the gradual return of peace in his chiefdom and his desire for us to commence the rebuilding of 90 per cent of the destroyed town.
Even the water supply facilities, which had been destroyed and poisoned by Boko Haram insurgents last September, are to be completely rebuild by either sinking of new bore holes or diging cement wells to meet people’s water supply requirements for domestic and industrial uses.”
He continued: “The priorities of the Borno State Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Committees (BRRC) will be on the totally destroyed towns of Bama, Baga, Monguno, Gwoza, Gambouru, Kukawa, Damasak and Mafa in central and north parts of this state.
Thereafter, the other affected villages and communities adjourning these towns and council headquarters, will simultaneously follow, including villages and settlements on the foot of Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area.”
He, however, urged the IDPs to be security conscious, as security is the business of everyone if enduring peace, unity and tranquility among the various ethnic and religious groups in the state and the country at large is to be attained.
Borno state and its citizens, according to him, shall rise again as “peace and security” of lives and property, are at the end of the tunnel of fighting Boko Haram terrorists.
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