Nigeria needs six billion dollars to rebuild Borno- Official

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Borno State Government Spokesman, Mr. Isa Gusau, says about six billion dollars will be needed to rebuild the areas affected by insurgency in Borno state north-west Nigeria.

This comes as the Nigerian military captured the last strong hold of the boko haram militants.

Speaking on a national television monitored by Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Gusau said the restructuring of the entire state is enormous, going by the level of destruction of social amenities in the area while the insurgency lasted.

“if you go back to the post insurgency, recovery and assessment report on Borno state which was authored by the World Bank, European Union and the Presidency, there you will see the magnitude of damage in the state”  the spokesman said.

According to him, “About 956,435 houses were destroyed across the 27 local government areas which are about 30% of total numbers of the houses in the state. 5,335 classrooms and other school buildings were also destroyed in 512 primary schools, 38 secondary schools and two tertiary institutions with the destruction of about 726 power distribution line across the state.”

Gusau explained that arrangements have been concluded to accommodate those affected by the attack.

He said “Part of the government’s plan is to involve men and women in the project where allocation of houses will be done. The state government has built about 500 houses along Damaturu road to address this.”

He however reassured the people of their safety while stressing a progressive restructuring and restoration of peaceful atmosphere in the state.

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