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Boko Haram attacks stifling reconstruction, development process in Borno – NEDC

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The Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali has said fresh attacks on communities have stifled reconstructions and rehabilitation process in Borno.

The over a decade-long Boko Haram insurgency has claimed 36,000 lives with property worth $9.2b, about N3.42trn in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. The recently attacked communities in the state included Damasak, Dikwa, Magumeri, Mafa and Gambouru, a border community with Cameroon.

Speaking shortly after a close door meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum, over last Tuesday’s attack on Damasak, a border community with Niger, he said: “The ongoing recent attacks on communities in the state have slowed down our reconstruction and rehabilitation processes this year.

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“Whenever there are attacks and destruction of lives and property like what happened in Damasak, the commission has to go back to the drawing board.”

These recurrent attacks are slowing down what we are doing, particularly in areas of reconstruction and other developments projects in the Northeast.”

He said a lot of human and capital resources were sunk for humanitarian support, including the distribution of relief materials to 1.7 million IDP returnees in Borno.

“We are already committed to supporting farmers with agricultural inputs to restore their means of livelihoods destroyed in the now liberated communities,”



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