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Ndume: Soldiers rebuilding Borno houses, teaching students

NEWSMAN, Maiduguri – Senator Ali Ndume has said that soldiers are engaging in civil activities to help some of the Internally Displaced returnees, and are also pulling resources together to rebuild the houses burnt by the insurgents, using direct labour in Borno state.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator Ali Ndume, revealed that arrangements were being perfected to ensure the return of some displaced victims of insurgency living in the Internally Displaced Persons camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, to their ancestral villages.

He said indigenes of Damboa, Kukawa,  Kawuri, and Ngoshe, among others, would be assisted to their ancestral homes by soldiers as from October 15.

“With the assistance of the military which provided security in Chibok, the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, for the first time in six years, were able to take their Senior Secondary School Examination at Chibok. Other military commanders and personnel are also doing everything possible to make sure that peace returns to Chibok town,” Ndume said.

The senator revealed that “despite the challenges, the soldiers deployed to fight the insurgents have been very wonderful. At Ngoshe for instance, the military personnel, apart from repelling attacks from the insurgents, have mobilised resources to start rebuilding, through direct labour, houses that were destroyed by the Boko Haram fighters.”

“Apart from this, the soldiers are also engaging in civil activities. Some soldiers with diploma and degree certificates are now teaching school children whose parents have returned to some of the affected communities. They even hired 50 volunteers, who they are paying about N30, per month from their salaries and allowances, to teach in some schools also,” he said.

He further appealed to the Federal Government to complete the renovation of the GGSS, Chibok which was burnt by the insurgents, six years ago.

“In the course of my interaction too, I discovered that the military has been supporting the state government’s bid to return the internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes. So far, the people of Kukawa,  Kawuri, Ngoshe, are in the process of returning while some of them had returned already,” Ndume said.”

“The government is also making efforts to return the people of four other communities at the various IDP camps by the end of the year,” he added.

Ndume further urged the federal and state governments to provide the returnees with farm implements, fertilizers and other agricultural extension services for them to engage in dry season farming because they have missed the raining season now.

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