…As 25,000 vulnerable Receive Food items in Bama LG
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday revoked all unoccupied houses allocated to persons at the Indimi Estate for over a year and reallocated same to Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs), in Bama Local Government Area.
He gave the order at the palace of the Shehu of Bama, Shehu Umar Ibn Kyari Elkanemi, when he led government officials in the distribution of food and non-food items to vulnerable in the area.
The Governor said it was obvious those previously allocated the houses do not need them hence, it was needful that IDPs living in open camps be given the houses for immediate occupation.
The estate, made up of 100 units of two-bedroom flats was built by Borno’s billionaire business man, Alhaji Muhammad Indimi as part of support to his home state; and were allocated over a year ago with allottees holding onto them without occupation.
“Borno state government has revoked all allocations of houses at Indimi Estate. We cannot tolerate a situation were people claimed ownership of those houses while they are living in Maiduguri.
“Your highness, kindly compile the list of IDPs from Jaudari village, all the houses should be allocated to them,” he told his host.
Zulum later supervised aid distributions to more than 25,000 IDPs and vulnerable members of the host community now staying in Bama town, but mostly from villages sacked by insurgents in Banki, Gulumba, and Nguro Soye.
“I want to sympathize with you, you have been in a very difficult situation. The insurgents have displaced you from your houses and communities, without any means of livelihoods.
“The food items you see here are jointly provided by the Borno State Government and the Federal Government. President Muhammadu Buhari is very compassionate about your plight, may almighty Allah bless him,” he said.
The Governor also announced plans to reopen three secondary schools in Bama LG to enable students continue with their education.
“I will soon return to bama to personally supervise the enrolments of students. We have to reopen Government Day Secondary School, the mega school will also be converted to a Secondary School, while a Girls Secondary School will be cited in Shettimari Primary School temporarily, he affirmed.
Zulum equally informed the Shehu of Bama of Government’s plan to resettle, Nguro Soye and Banki towns.
“We shall insha Allah resettle Nguro Soye and Banki towns, and our people in Menawo and Kirawa all in Cameroon will soon return back to Banki,” he assured.