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Zulum charges Civilian JTF, Dikwa on security

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Zulum. Photo: TWITTER/GOVBORNO

Distributes food, N150m to Borno households
Tasks REB to electrify LGs

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has charged the Civilian JTF and Dikwa community to protect their ancestral homes against Boko Haram attacks.

The terrorists attacked Dikwa border community with Cameroon in six gun trucks penultimate Sunday by 5.30pm. They had attacked the area on January 30, February 20 and March 1, 2021.

“You are not supposed to leave your ancestral homes despite the attacks,” Zulum told the residents at the weekend during Jumat prayers at the Central Mosque, Dikwa.

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He urged the residents to be resilient, as Maiduguri could not accommodate over 500,000 people from Dikwa, noting that it was overwhelmed with displaced persons from Gubio, Monguno, Damasak, Gwoza and Pulka, the two border communities with Cameroon.

HOWEVER, the governor has distributed food items and N150 million in cash to 11,000 households in the border local council of Gwoza.

While distributing the items yesterday in Gwoza, the governor said: “Each of the households are to collect 12.5kg of rice, beans and maize grits.

“We’re also supporting 30,000 women with N150 million; each of them will get a token of N5,000.”

The security situation in Gwoza Emirate Council (GEC) is improving, he added, but farmers could not access their farmlands.

Zulum noted that though some farmers attempted to engage in agricultural activities, they were, however, restricted within a kilometre or two to farm.

“This was why we’re here in Gwoza to distribute 25 trucks of food items to the households,” he said, adding that many of them lost their means of livelihoods to the over a decade terrorism.

According to him, the general hospital and the rebuilt mega school are being inspected to resume healthcare and academic services to the people and students.

He urged the people to cooperate with the army, while peace is being restored in the communities.

MEANWHILE, he has inaugurated two boards for rural electrification, guidance and counselling in the state.

The boards include the Borno State Rural Electrification Board (BREB) headed by Abdulsalam Kachalla and Borno State Guidance and Counselling Board (BGCB) headed by Abba Asghashiya.

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While inaugurating the board members in Maiduguri at the weekend, the professor disclosed that the REB was established in 1978 with Edict No. 5 to generate, distribute and supply electricity to parts of the state.

The board will also undertake any other rural electrification project assigned by the state government, he added, noting that the supply of electricity to rural areas for development could not be over-emphasised.

His words: “It is an essential pre-requisite for the establishment of industries and other economic ventures in rural communities. This will also fast-track the return of 1.5 million displaced persons in various camps in or before May this year.”

He reiterated his government’s intention to secure and electrify all the 27 local councils by 2023.

“We shall not allow an inch of our landmass to be taken over by Boko Haram,” he declared.

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