Buhari, Buratai Committed To Meeting December Deadline On Insurgency, Says Shetima
The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Muhammed Tahir Monguno, representing Monguno/Marte/Nganzai federal constituency at the National Assembly yesterday reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to ending Boko Haram insurgency by December this year could be achieved.
According to him, Abadam council area in Borno State remains the only area partially occupied by the insurgents.
Monguno disclosed this in Abuja while receiving relief materials donated by Procter & Gamble (P&G) for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
The legislator, who represented Governor Kashim Shettima, said that many IDPs, who had fled the affected council areas, are beginning to return to their respective homes after the military had liberated them.
His words: “Right now we have only one council that is partially under the control of the insurgents. Before now my house in Monguno was occupied by one of their leaders, but today I can visit my house anytime. We have seen tremendous improvement. “This is a clear indication that the December deadline can be achieved going by the determination and enthusiasm displayed by the Nigerian government and more particularly, the executive arm of government.”
He added that the National Assembly, with a view to ending insurgency, has sponsored a North-East Development Bill, which is at the second reading at the Senate.
“So that we have a legal frame work to operate in building and reconstruction of the region because the entire infrastructure in the North-east have been completely destroyed by Boko Haram. Our economy has been seriously affected so there is a need for an institution to engage in the recovery of these infrastructures,” said the lawmaker.
The U.S Government, Deputy Mission Director, Aler Grubbs also said that efforts by P&G and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was a positive proof that ensures collaboration with development partners in promoting vibrant and vital models for increased assistance to the underprivileged people.
Mrs. Jean Gough, UNICEF representative to Nigeria & ECOWAS, while presenting the relief materials said that the Children’s Fund is committed to supporting Nigeria in putting an end to Boko Haram insurgency.
Managing Director of P&G, George Nassar said that the firm is committed to helping IDPs in Nigeria with relief materials that will make life easy for them and improve their living conditions.
“What this means is that we are ready at any time to respond to the need of people in need especially those displaced by insurgence.