Governor Shettima tours liberated boko haram strongholds in Borno

Rebecca Mu'azu, Gombe

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has passed a night in Uba, a town once held by boko haram in Askira-Uba local government area of southern part of the State.

A statement by the government said the Governor left Bama on Tuesday, where he had relocated to for nearly one week to mobilise reconstruction works and prepare for the return of civil authority in the town, which was worst hit by the insurgent attacks.

The statement said that while in Ubangiji, Governor Shettima inspected destructions by insurgents during their occupation in the town and held meetings with the locals,  for enhanced community policing.

He also inspected destructions in Lassa, another major town in Askira-Uba Local Government Area, where he inspected houses, at the popular EYN Church and gave directives for immediate reconstruction.

Meanwhile, before arriving Uba, Governor Shettima was in Pulka, a populated village in Gwoza Local Government Area. There too, he interacted with hundreds of returned IDPS.

The Governor was also in Gwoza, which served as a boko haram caliphate,  where he equally inspected destructions before addressing elders and women at separate gatherings.

While addressing hundreds at the Palace of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Idrissa Timta , the Governor pledged the commitment of his government to the ongoing reconstruction works in different parts of Gwoza.

Gwoza is second to Bama local government area,  which suffered the same fate of destruction before it was declared Boko Haram Caliphate in August, 2014.

Overall, Governor Shettima directed the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Dr. Babagana Umara Zulum, to ensure that his ministry aligned with professional engineers/builders from Gwoza to immediately put the liberated town in good shape for comfort of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs,  most of whom have started returning home.

“I want to sympathise with you over the unfortunate calamities perpetrated by boko haram in recent past, we are here to tell you that as government, we will do everything possible to rebuild all your destroyed houses brick by brick.

“We have also come with assorted food items including 1500 bags of 25kg rice, 1500 bags of beans, 1000 cartoons of suphaghetti, Sugar, salt among other relief items.

“I urge some of the IDPs from Gwoza who are still residing in resettlement camps in Maiduguri and other places to please come back and join you, because, there is no any good place than home.

“I want to thank the federal government and the Chief of Army staff as well as the entire officers and men under the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in the north east for their gallantry effort in degrading remnants of boko haram.

“My appeal to you all is to please give maximum support and cooperation to the military and the civilian JTF who are here with you to give you adequate security”. Governor Shettima stated.