Poor Governance Responsible For Boko Haram- Borno Commissioner
The rise of the Boko Haram insurgent in the North-eastern part of the county has been attributed to poor governance.
Mohammed Bulama, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture in Borno State disclosed this during Bounce60 Minutes live interview on Tuesday.
The 10-year insurgency in the North-East has claimed many lives and property with the displacement of over two million people.
Borno is the state most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. About 100,000 people in the state have died due to he insurgency since 2009.
According to Bulama, bad governance has contributed to youth restiveness and terrorism in the region.
His words: “Bad governance has been one of the main reasons for emergence of Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed many lives and property.
Reacting to criticisms of the state government handling of the Boko Haram crisis, Bulama noted that despite efforts by political mischief makers to downplay the contributions of the state government in the fight against the terrorists, Governor Kashim Shettima's led government had done its best in curtailing the insurgency.
He stated that Gov Shettima has donated over 200 operational vehicles and 40 Armoured Personal Carriers (APC) to security forces fighting the terrorists in the state.
He explained that the state government from 2011 to date, remained the sole financiers of hundreds of successful operations against Boko Haram carried out by more than 20,000 volunteers of the Civilian JTF.
He said renewed attacks by insurgents in some parts of the state necessitated the fresh deployment of traditional hunters who have volunteered to compliment progresses being recorded by gallant soldiers.
He admitted that the N15,000 monthly allowance approved for the hunters was not enough but government is working round the clock to provide all their logistical needs.
On the remaining abducted Chibok girls, Bulama raised the hopes of their parents, reassuring them that the government is doing everything possible to ensure the return of their daughters.
Over 200 girls were abducted by members of Boko Haram Islamic sect on April 14, 2014.
Since their abduction, over a hundred of them have been rescued.
Bulama explained that all the rescued girls are now enjoying scholarship in various schools within and outside Nigeria.
On the level of destruction carried out by the insurgents, Bulama revealed that 30 per cent of the total stock of houses in the state were destroyed.
“Over 5, 000 classrooms in 512 primary schools, 38 secondary schools were destroyed.”
He noted that a report conducted by the World Bank showed that over $6b properties have been lost to attacks by Boko Haram.
He said the state has committed a large chuck of its resources to fix different sectors particularly education.
According to him, Gov. Shettima has built 40 model schools across the state as part of efforts to get children affected by the crisis back to school.
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