Borno builds houses for Bama re­turnees

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

Work is in progress on 100-hous­ing units in Bama town in Borno State as part of ef­forts by the Borno State gov­ern­ment to re­build de­stroyed com­mu­ni­ties and re­set­tle dis­placed per­sons in var­i­ous IDP camps in Maiduguri me­trop­o­lis, Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima said yes­ter­day.

He was speak­ing to news­men in Maiduguri on the progress of work be­ing car­ried by the Min­istry of Re­con­struc­tion, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Re­set­tle­ment which he re­cently cre­ated to re­build the de­stroyed com­mu­ni­ties.

The gover­nor said his state was ‘the most hit’ of Boko Haram in­sur­gency com­pared to the two neigh­bour­ing states of Adamawa and Yobe, and had to re­set­tle over 20 per cent of In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) in the North-east.

He said in Borno alone, there were 20 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas de­stroyed by Boko Haram, com­pared to four and two coun­cils in Adamawa and Yobe States.

“In terms of scope and ex­tent, some com­mu­ni­ties were com­pletely razed down by this mad­ness of Boko Haram in­sur­gents in over five years. In the whole of Gwoza LGA, be­lieve me, not a sin­gle town or vil­lage was spared while from Bama there are over 400,000 peo­ple dis­placed and cur­rently tak­ing refuge in Maiduguri. In the North-east, there are 3 to 4 mil­lion refugees, while nearly 80 per cent of dis­placed per­sons are from Borno State,” Shet­tima said.

He lamented plac­ing Borno on the same pedestal with Adamawa and Yobe on in­sur­gency dev­as­ta­tion and loss of lives and prop­erty.

“I be­lieve we de­serve spe­cial treat­ment and we have to com­mend Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari be­cause he has shown pas­sion for the re-charge of the Lake Chad on which over 30 mil­lion peo­ple rely for their liveli­hood and sus­te­nance.

“Be­lieve me, this mad­ness will im­me­di­ately evap­o­rate when the Lake Chad is fully recharged to en­gage the peo­ple in pro­duc­tive ven­tures,” he added.

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