Zulum resettles Malari community returnees

In fulfilment of his commitment to resettle displaced communities, Borno State Governor Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum yesterday launched yet another community at Malari Village in Konduga Local Government Area.

The resettlement came in the wake of the reconstruction of 803 houses that were destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents during serial attacks about seven years ago. The reconstruction of the houses was carried out by the state’s Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR).

At the resettlement ceremony, Governor Zulum directed the allocation of N100, 000 to 500 members of the community whose houses were not part of the 803 houses already rebuilt.

Governor Zulum also announced the allocation of cash to another category of households returning to rebuilt homes.

This category is made up of 240 male returnees who will receive N200, 000 each, 379 female returnees who will receive N10, 000 plus a bundle of wrappers.

Zulum also announced the distribution of food and non-food items which he revealed, was contributed by the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), which were meant to support all returnees. Each household will get bags of rice, maize, gallons of groundnut oil, and mattresses. In addition to these, each woman will receive a bundle of wrappers.

The governor commended the NEDC for continuously providing interventions while pledging the continued commitment of the Borno State Government in sustaining ongoing reconstruction projects and the construction of new ones.

This, he said, was geared towards safe and dignified resettlements of Internally Displace People (IDPs) and refugees who fled to neighbouring countries in the wake of attacks between 2013 and 2014.

The Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mustapha Gubio assured Zulum of his ministry’s focus to execute the resettlement agenda in line with the yearnings of the people.

Some opinion leaders in Konduga Local Government Area, including APC State Chairman, Ali Bukar Dalori, member representing Konduga at the State Assembly, as well as the Chairman, Borno State Local Government Service Commission, Senator Kaka Malam Yale, all praised Zulum’s resettlement agenda, describing it as a milestone.

They urged residents to remain supportive of the governor, keep co-operating with security personnel and be praying for the sustenance of emerging peace in Borno State.

(THE NATION)