Borno Govt reconstructs 6 out of 10 buildings in Bama LGA destroyed by insurgents

Bama(Borno), March 28, 2017 (TNE) : Bama Local Government Area, one of the run-down hotbeds of insurgency in Borno, is being rebuilt by the state government, with six out of every 10 buildings hitherto destroyed, now reconstructed.

The Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Ressetlement, Prof. Babagana Umara  told newsmen at Obama headquarters of Bama LGA, that 60 percent of the estimated 10,000 private buildings destroyed by the terrorists in the LGA had been rebuilt.
Government has also reconstructed hospitals, schools and other public buildings in readiness for relocation of displaced residents, he said.
”So far so good; we have about 60 percent of the private homes reconstructed, in addition to hospitals especially the maternity hospital in Bama.
“Even public schools have been reconstructed through an intervention by the Victims Support Fund, and I am optimistic that reconstruction work will be completed before the May 28 deadline given by the state government.
“Going by the pace of work, I have no doubt that we will meet the deadline of resettling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) wishing to return home, although this has to be voluntary for only those who want to return in line with the Kampala Convention,” he said.
Umara lauded the Nigerian military for providing an enabling environment for the reconstruction work to go on, adding: “since we started work last year, we have had no threats or security challenges”.
“We have about 4,000 workers on site working in Bama and with this large number of workforce, one can  imagine the number of people to inhabit the area.
He said that government was also reconstructing communities destroyed in other LGAssuch as Damboa, Gamboru- Ngala and  Mobbar.
”You are aware of the fact that we have finished reconstruction of Konduga LGA and the IDPs have returned home, so also is Mafa LGA. We are doing lots of reconstruction in Chibok, Askira, Kwajafa, Kimba and many more communities ravaged by the insurgents.
“Our main constraint is paucity of fund, the volume of work requires money which is beyond the capability of the State Government,” Umara said.
He appealed to the Federal Government and donor organisations to lend a helping hand towards actualising the dream of resettling the displaced people.(TNE)
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