The Borno State Government said on Monday that it required about N30 billion for the reconstruction of structures damaged by Boko Haram insurgents in Bama. Dr Babagana Umara, the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement said this while speaking with newsmen in Bama, Borno State. "It is a well-known fact that the country is facing some kind of economic recession, our state is badly affected because we do not have Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due to the prevailing insurgency,'' Umara said.
It was a sad day for the military as the Nigerian Army lost an officer and three soldiers to a landmine and an ambush by the Boko Haram in Borno State on Sunday. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a late night statement on Sunday that 16 soldiers and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force were also wounded when the troops encountered the landmine between Miyanti and Dareljamal in Borno State.
Boko Haram militants have driven more than 26,000 people from the northeastern town of Bama amid fierce fighting, witnesses and security sources said on Wednesday, as the Islamists focus more on taking and holding territory. Capturing Bama would bring the rebels closer to the Borno State capital Maiduguri, 70 km to the northwest, which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram movement.
He was the first military governor of the defunct North Eastern State which comprised the present day six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, less than old Wukari division which was then part of Benue Plateau State. As a military governor, he was an excellent strategist for whom the future was already here, staring him in the face; and he was always t his post, devising strategies to confront it, busy turning potential problems into viable solutions I first met Usman in 1961 in the company of his friend, Brigadier Abba Kyari, whom I had known eight years earlier.
On May 13, 2014, the Senate and House of Representatives in their separate sittings read the request letter of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, seeking approval of the National Assembly to further extend the extant state of emergence in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. In the letter addressed to Senate President, David Mark, President Jonathan said: "May I respectfully draw your attention to the State of Emergency Proclamation 2013, in respect of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, which was approved by the National Assembly.
On Wednesday last week, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State temporarily relocated his office from the state capital, Maiduguri to Bama town in Bama Local Government Area. He personally led the way to fast track efforts to rebuild the town and ensure the relocation of hundreds of thousands of its natives who are now refugees in Maiduguri and other places.
The governor of restive northeast Nigeria's Borno State on Monday said he was not intimidated by recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the state. The governor, who relocated his office to Bama since last Wednesday to launch the reconstructions and renovation of over 2,500 destroyed houses, shops and public buildings in Bama in 2014, said the Boko Haram insurgents are merchants of fear.
MAIDUGURI--ABOUT N30 billion is needed to complete the ongoing rebuilding of residential houses and public structures destroyed by insurgents in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. The Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Dr. Babagana Umara Zulum, disclosed this in an interview in Bama Monday, soon after inspecting ongoing reconstruction work with Governor Kashim Shettima, who had to relocate his office temporarily to the town since last Wednesday to fast track and supervise the projects.
The Commissioner of police in Borno State, Damian Chukwu, has said that operatives of the Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD) under his command defused 67 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by Boko Haram insurgents at the military barracks in Bama. "As the governor and his team were going to Bama to monitor reconstruction work, we put together various components of my operational units, the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-Terrorist Unit, the Special Protection Unit, the EOD i.e. the bomb disposal unit, the intelligence group as well as the conventional police, to go with them," said Mr. Damian.
Eight soldiers and 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed in two separate encounters in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state on Sunday as government troops intensified operations to clear the insurgency from the region, according to the military. In the first incident, army spokesman Sani Usman said four soldiers, including an officer died, while 16 others were injured after they ran into mines planted by militants between Miyanti and Dareljamal villages in Borno.
Jalingo -- A stop-and-search method at all military checkpoints to detect children who were not immunized where they are coming from has been introduced in Taraba state. Speaking on the new approach, The Executive chairman of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mallam Aminu Jauro Hassan, said since the reported cases of fresh polio in Borno state, Taraba government swung into action and deployed immunization teams to all military checkpoints.
N30 billion will be needed to complete the ongoing rebuilding of residential houses and public structures destroyed by insurgents in Bama local government area of Borno State, Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Dr. Babagana Umara Zulum has said. He said, apart from reconstructing 10,000 residential houses , more than N3 billion is to be expended on the reconstruction of hostels, classroom blocks, Lecture theatres and staff quarters at the Umar Ibn-Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology (UICEST), which was the only higher institution of learning destroyed by the insurgents.