BORNO State government needs over N30 billion to complete the ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation of residential houses and public structures in Bama town of Bama Local Government Area, the most hit by Boko Haram insurgency in the state, the state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Dr. Babagana Zulum has said. Dr Zulum disclosed this on Monday in Bama in an interview with journalists after he inspected ongoing reconstruction works with Governor Kashim Shettima who had to relocate his office temporarily to the town since last Wednesday, to fast-track and supervise the rate of the projects. Zulum said more than N3
billion was needed to fix over 10,000 houses, hostels, classroom blocks, lecture theatres and staff quarters at the Umar Ibn-Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology, UICEST, and other public buildings destroyed by the insurgents in Bama during their occupation of the town. “Rebuilding of Bama is beyond the state government due to paucity of funds. I want to assure the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in this town that with commitment and support the Ministry of RRR is receiving from Governor Kashim Shettima and our security forces, we will complete some substantial parts of the destroyed structures for our people to return back home,” the commissioner stated. He said “we have about 10
public schools including primary and secondary schools that were completely destroyed in Bama, but I am happy to inform you that the federal government under the Victims Support Fund, VSF, headed by General Theophilus Danjuma has promised to intervene and rebuild all these schools for the comfort of our children’s education. “The VSF team were here in Bama sometime ago, they came and assessed the affected schools, and very soon, these schools will be put to good shape.” Zulum said. He, however, called on well meaning individuals and corporate organisations to come to the aid of Borno State government, as 20 local government areas of the state have suffered devastating by Boko Haram.

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