Vanguard reports that, to fast-track major reconstruction works, which were flagged off yesterday, Governor Shettima now lives in Bama town with his close aides. He departed Maiduguri at about 12:10p.m and arrived Bama eight minutes later.
He immediately commenced the supervision of reconstruction works on private residential houses, police stations, stores, schools, hospitals, the Emir’s palace, among others. He then went on to deploy construction equipment and hundreds of trucks which were already in Bama, with different building materials for the reconstruction works.
Bama town is one of the most-populated local government areas in Borno state. The town has been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents who killed hundreds of the inhabitants, destroyed most of the houses there, sacked the Emir and declared the town a part of its Caliphate. The town was eventually liberated by the military in 2015 and, at least for now, is the seat of government in the state.
“I decided to relocate here and supervise reconstruction works,” Gov Shettima explained. “I will administer Borno State from here. I am fully prepared to be here for days to come: one week, two weeks or even more.
“I will not leave until we are able to rebuild a good number of private houses, municipal buildings, markets, schools and clinics.
“I want the reconstruction work to take proper shape before I leave. We cannot wait forever before we reclaim our destiny. Bama is one of the worst-affected areas and we will move from here to other parts of the state.
He went on to add, “While I am here, we have a full structure of government in place operating in Maiduguri, so that managing IDPs, civil service, implementation of government policies and programmes will continue while I am here. I came prepared.”