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…Tasks Committees not to be in haste
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, on October 5, 2020 in Maiduguri inaugurated two committees to complete ongoing reconstruction works, and also facilitate full restoration of civil authorities in Marte and Gwoza Local Government Areas.
The civil authorities would comprised of policemen, civilian JTF, local government officials and magistrate courts in six towns in the two LGs.
The committees are to undertake resettlement at Marte in northern Borno as well as Ngoshe, Kirawa, Hambagda, Ashigashiya and Warabe in Gwoza LGA of southern Borno, after all safety measures and essential public services are put in place.
The committee on Marte is chaired by the State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, (RRR), Engr. Mustapha Gubio; while Gwoza’s chaired by Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Engr Yuguda Vungas. Members were drawn from representatives of the communities and humanitarian actors.
“The committees are to continue with rehabilitation and reconstruction work in Marte and Kirawa/Ngoshe, to undertake palliative repairs of Marte and Ngoshe/Kirawa roads in collaboration with the men of the Nigerian Army; to put in place all requirements that will ensure safety of lives and property of returnees;
“To facilitate the establishment of civil authorities on ground; to identify IDPs willing to return home and to address any other matters that is incidental to the smooth return and safety of lives and property of the returnees,” the committees were tasked.
Zulum explained that the State’s resettlement drive is aimed at helping citizens pick up the pieces of their lives and move on, after many years of displacement.
He assured that the Government will help the returnees to engaged in agricultural and other economic activities that will make them self-reliant and be meaningful members of the State.
He however decried the high level of poverty in Borno, particularly among the IDPs, which he said the insurgents took advantage of, to recruit a lot of able bodied youth in the state.
The Borno helmsman further stated that he was mindful of the security situation in the state, hence, tasked the committees to carry out their duties without haste.
“We should not be in haste, we should not force anyone to return. There is an increasing demand from the IDPs to return home, don’t force anyone,” Zulum cautioned.
Responding on behalf of both committees, Engr. Gubio assured that members will put in their best in discharging their assignments.
Also, Zulum commended the Baga committee for setting a good precedent; and also the Nigerian Army, (NA) for supporting the resettlement drive.
He directed the committee to liase with the NA to see the possibilities of returning people to Mairari and Kareto.