*Inspects 1,000 Housing Units at Auno, Njimtilo, State Varsity
*Canvases for Increase Soldiers, Police Presence
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – In an effort to attract increased security and rebuild public confidence at Auno town, Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has directed the siting of an outreach office for community engagement in the town, that had come under repeated attacks by boko haram.
He stated this on Saturday during his assessment tour of ongoing projects of 500 housing units each in Auno and Njimtilo (Konduga, outskirt of Maiduguri).
Auno, located along Maiduguri-Damaturu High Way, had on February, 2020 came under heavy attacks by boko haram leading to deaths of 30 passengers, a carnage that attracted a sympathy visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Borno state. Many residents have continually left Auno for Maiduguri.
Zulum, who currently operates two offices at the Government House and the State’s Secretariat to curb workers’ absenteeism and lateness, said the new outreach at Auno will not be an office, it will be a place for direct interactions with the residents, and nearby communities in Konduga and Kaga Local Government Areas. Auno is not far from Njimtilo, Mainok, Benesheikh and Ngamdu, all populated communities, on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway.
According to the Governor, this is to encourage residents who fled the community to return.
“As I have earlier said Auno is a very strategic town but because of the lingering security situation, most of the population have relocated to Maiduguri.
“Auno is only 6 kilometers away from the Borno State University, dislodging it would mean dislodging Maiduguri which has more than half the population of Borno.
“We have to take measures to secure Auno like we should do for all parts of the state. I am establishing a community outreach that will be used by me and I will be regular here,” he said.
The Governor while addressing few people left in the town directed the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement to immediately provide food items and cash to them.
“While fighting against COVID-19, we have to be very careful of other sectors. Auno is an agrarian community, and it is now rainning season, people need to go back to their farmlands. Most of the people in Maiduguri used to farm in Auno, it is therefore, imperative on us to focus more on Auno in terms of security provisions.”
He appealed to the Nigerian Army to relocate their formation from its existing location to Auno Secondary School, which is ahead of the town, saying that way citizens could feel safer.
The Governor also called on the Borno State Police Command to increase police presence in Auno to strengthen civil authority in the town.
Similarly, Zulum inspected two projects sites where a total of 1,000 housing units are undergoing construction in Auno and Njimtilo.
He explained that the housing units sited in two locations, is to expand Auno to eventually link up with Maiduguri through developmental housing. Both projects are in progress.
Zulum also inspected ongoing road and staff housing projects at the Borno State University.