MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Governor Babagana Zulum, on Sunday in Gwoza Local Government Area has announced the extension of his Government’s ban on political thuggery to all the 27 LGAs in the State.
The Governor had earlier in July 2019 ordered the ban of thuggery in Maiduguri and subsequently in Biu LGA in January 2021. The latest ban which came on Saturday, was in Gwoza Council where he spent two nights, and subsequently to the entire state.
He then supervised the distribution of N80m and food supplies to 16,000 female returnees in Gwoza township on his second day of humanitarian visit to towns and villages in the Council.
Zulum had on Saturday, supervised the distribution of N150m to small and medium scale traders as well as food items to 27,000 mostly male family members who returned after fleeing from Boko Haram occupation.
In his Sunday’s resumed activities, 16,000 women were each given N5,000 cash to compliment variety of food items given to them.
The intervention is part of the current administration’s continued support to vulnerable citizens whose means of livelihoods were affected by activities of Boko Haram.
Gwoza came under Boko Haram’s occupation between 2014 and 2015 with videos showing the insurgents deadly leader, Abubakar Shekau using Gwoza town as the sect’s spiritual and territorial headquarters. The military liberated the town in later part of 2015.
The insurgents had during their stay destroyed hundreds of private homes and public facilities particularly schools given the sect’s ideological opposition to western education.
As part of sustained responses to restoring education in all LGAs, Zulum used his visit to Gwoza to interact with teachers of a Government Secondary School, and a Government Day Secondary School in Gwoza town.
Arising from his findings, the Governor ordered complete rebuilding and remodeling of personal houses belonging to 33 teachers destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents during their occupation in 2014.
Aside rebuilding teachers homes, he also ordered the recruitment of six additional teachers, to be evenly distributed to the two schools he interacted with based on their needs.