Bama - 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 stated this while speaking with newsmen in Bama
Local Government Area of the state.
Umara explained that more than 10,000 private houses were
destroyed by insurgents in the town.
“Bama is badly damaged by the insurgents, in fact it is the
worst hit area in the state.
“No fewer than 10,000 houses were destroyed, in addition to
over 86 public buildings, comprising schools, and hospitals among others,’’ he
Umara said that the ministry had made some progress in the
“Gov. Kashim Shettima directed last week that we should
mobilise to site and begin rebuilding the structures.
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“We have made some progress since we started last week.
“Our target is to attain at least 50 per cent millage by the
end of December.
“We have building materials worth about one billion naira on
ground,’’ Umara said.
According to him, about 1,000 workers have been engaged in
the project which involved direct labour system.
“We have about 1,000 workers on ground working tirelessly to
achieve our aim.
“We believe that by December ending, we will have recorded
some appreciable progress,’’ Umara said.
He, however, lamented that paucity of funds may affect the
progress of work.
“Lack of adequate funds is our major challenge.
“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
He appealed to the Federal Government and donour agencies to
lend a helping hand to the state towards attaining its aim.
“We need help from the Federal Government to enable us
achieve our aim of rebuilding the structures ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents.
“We also call on donour agencies to come to our aid so we
can pick up the pieces of our lives again,’’ Umara said.