The Borno state government said it has earmarked N1billion for reconstruction of roads from the state capital to all the communties liberated from Boko Haram as internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) continue to return home.
The State government also said that it had provided farm inputs to the returnees and returning IDPs for extensive farming that can meet the food needs of the people to complement the foods provided by government as the people begin to resettle down.
Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the Commissioner for the Ministry of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconstruction (RRR) , Borno state, disclosed this yesterday at a strategy meeting on safe return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), organised by the Borno state government in conjunction with Presidential Committee On the Northeast Initiative (PCNI), International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) and other stakeholders held in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
Professor Zulum added that plans are on the way to provide electricity to all the liberated communities for the comfort of the IDPs.
He said:”The objective of this meeting is to ensure that the return process is done in a coordinated manner. We must have a developed framework to return IDPs in a dignified way. So far so good, we have plans of returning IDPs from Marte, Abadam, Ngoshe amongst others.
“Borno State government has released N1billion for the reconstruction of Maiduguri to Rann road, Maiduguri to Bama road and this is a good develpment to the people of Bama. Also plans for the construction of Maiduguri to Monguno road and Monguno to Baga is on the way.
They will be Trunk – A roads, and if we get further funding from our partners like the PCNI, we will divert to other areas like Biu roads, Damboa- Maiduguri roads. We have written to PCNI to provide us asphalt and other materials,” the RRR Commissioner added.
Speaking shortly after the meeting, the vice chairman, PCNI, Alhaji Tijani Tunsa said PCNI is happy with the outcome of the meeting and interaction from all the partners.
“ We are working in collaboration with the Borno state government to ensure that the road to Bama is repaired and plied with safety. Also , the federal government through the PCNI and federal ministry of works, power and housing had recently awarded contract for the repair of roads that are substantially important ,for instance the road from Gwoza to Maiduguri,adding that access to road is very vital to the return process,” Tunsa said.
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