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Buhari commitment to stabilisation of northeast

Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Professor Ibrahim Gambari accompanied by Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum, Minister of state Finance, Budget and National Planning Chief Clem Agba and members of the International community while unveiling 500 housing units in Ngaranam community in Mafa local government of Borno state.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that peace will fully be restored in the North East and other regions bedevilled by insecurity before the end of his administration. 

The President gave the assurance at the inauguration of six hundred and sixty-four reconstructed housing units in the Ngaranam community, Mafa local government area of Borno State. 

The housing units was constructed under the instrumentality of the Regional Stabilisation Facility funded by the Federal, Borno state government in collaboration with the United Nations and the International Community. 

Ngaranam is one of the communities ravaged and destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in 2015 resulting in the displacement of hundreds of families who before now have been taken refuge in IDP camps.

Rebuild Ngaranam Community constructed under the Regional Stabilization Facility. Photo: Dauda Iliya

The Ngaranam facility which is one of the nine facilities in the North East was initiated to ensure the safe and dignified resettlement of displaced persons due to insurgency. 

President Muhammadu Buhari represented by his Chief of Staff Professor Ibrahim Gambari expressed the commitment of the federal government to rebuild all destroyed communities and restore normalcy in the region. 

The President commended Governor Babagana Zulum for his commitment to the defence of his people who have been victims of insurgency. 

Minister of State Budget and Planning Prince Clem Agba said out of the 500 housing units, 360 have been completed including a health facility, a school, a police station and a market.

According to him, the Federal government has contributed the sum of 1.1 million dollars for the effective implementation of the project. 

One of the beneficiaries, female-headed household Hajja Gana Jawi with her 3 children. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum said about one hundred and fifty thousand families have been resettled in the last one and half years. 

He explained that each household that will be resettled in Ngaranam will be supported with a grant of one hundred thousand naira, cattle and food and non-food items.

In their separate goodwill messages representatives of the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union and the Ambassadors of Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands and the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission promised to upscale their support to the Regional Stabilisation Facility to ensure sustainable peace in Borno state. 

Correspondent Dauda Iliya reports that the beneficiaries were also provided with livelihood assistance to enhance their economic activities. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino