Reps To Help In Rehabilitating North East

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima

The chairman House of Representatives committee on the Army, Gaza Jonathan, who stated this on Wednesday, assured the Borno State government of the National Assembly’s support towards it’s rehabilitation, re-construction and re-settlement programme.

Speaking on a visit to the deputy governor of Borno State, Mamman Durkwa, along with other members of the committee, Jonathan said that the federal government would help the state realise the goal of resettling the displaced persons and ensuring that they return to normal life in their communities.

“As you are faced with the daunting task of reconstructing, re-settling, rehabilitating internally displaced people, we wish to reiterate the Federal House of Representatives’ support in assisting you to achieve these goals,” the legislator said.

He lamented that many people, particularly women, children and the aged, have been forced from their homes, adding that, sadly, the prosecution of the war against terror has also witnessed human right abuses.

Assuring the people of the state that the federal government would continue to stand by them, he applauded the military for the efforts it has put into recovering all the territories previously captured by the insurgents.

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“As legislators we may not always succeed in getting government to listen to things they don’t want to hear, or do things they don’t want to do but it remains our collective responsibilities and duty to continue to guide them accordingly,” he stated.

In his response, Durkwa, who received the lawmakers on behalf of the state governor, Kashim Shettima, canvassed for increased funding for the military in the war against insurgency in the North east.

The committee chairman also made a case for the meaningful engagement of members of the youth vigilante group, Civilian JTF, noting that leaving them unoccupied after the war would be dangerous.

The committee members also paid a courtesy call on the Borno State House of Assembly, where it assured the legislators of the support of the National Assembly in dealing with the insurgency.

The Speaker of the House, Abdulkarim Lawan, represented by the Deputy Speaker, Inusa Gamandi, appealed to the National Assembly to support the passage of Bill for the establishment of a Northeast Commission, which he said would help in the accelerated development of the insurgency ridden region.