Shettima promises to rebuild destroyed communities by end of year
Governor Kashim Shettima has restated the commitment of the government to rebuild Borno State following the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said that Bama, Gwoza and Danmasaki towns would be rebuilt before the end of 2016 and that all internally-displaced persons would be returned to their homes latest May 29, 2017.
Addressing the two-day northern summit in Kaduna yesterday, Shettima, who lauded Alhaji Aliko Dangote for his support, including N2 billion donation towards the rebuilding of the war-ravaged communities, tasked northern leaders to concentrate on education, agriculture and job creation as panacea to the under-development of the region.
He said the issue of resettling the IDPs was very crucial to the development of the North and Nigeria, noting that the thousands of orphans and widows in the various camps may become a challenge to the elite in the region and across the country if efforts were not made to cater for them now.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for rescuing the North-East from annihilation.
He said: “The level of inter-ethnic interaction will make it impossible to divide this nation into two, three or four. We should have the courage of remaining together using our level of tolerance and accommodation.”
Shettima, who stressed the need for cohesion and unity in the region as the only way to come out of the present predicament, said that efforts should be made to restore the glory of the North.