The Borno State government has rebuilt 2,000 houses in Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar Local Government.
Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of insurgency victims Babagana Umaga Zulum, who briefed Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday, said: “Your Excellency, so far, we have rebuilt about 80 per cent of the structures destroyed by Boko Haram.
“From the breakdown and records available, which I will officially hand them to you, with names of beneficiaries, we have rebuilt about 1,600 destroyed mud houses, 400 block buildings, 16 public structures, including General Hospital, schools, Palace of the District Head, Government Lodge, Local Government Secretariat and police stations.
“Although, we are having challenges like paucity of funds, I promise that as soon as we get another approval and timely release of funds, the work will be completed in the next two months.”
Shettima, who was visiting the area for the first time after its liberation, was happy with the level of work, and the number of people who have returned home.
“I am delighted with the progress of work here in Damasak. This town, which borders Niger Republic, produces the largest number of pepper and onions in the country. Its economic potential benefits everyone.
“I can assure you that as the rainy season sets in, we are not only rebuilding and resettling our displaced people, but also providing agricultural inputs to encourage modern farming.
“Yesterday, we were in Bama to open 12 public structures rebuilt by the Victims Support Funds (VSF), under the Chairmanship of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, in partnership with the gvernment.
“Our goal is for our people to return to Bama, like you willingly did before Ramadan. Unfortunately, this is not feasible because the military is still carrying out operations in some areas around Sambisa forest.
“We will continue to work with security agencies to review situations. Our number one priority is the security and safety of our people. We will not allow any IDP return to any community that is not 100 per cent safe like Bama,” Shettima said.