Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, on Monday, kick-started his second term in office, declaring his resolve to reopen more displaced communities to accelerate the rebooting of the economy of the insurgency-ravaged state.
He added that he plans “setting up 27 microfinance banks to ensure financial inclusion of our people, setting up 27 ICT centres in the state.”
Already over one million internally displaced persons have been relocated to over 20,000 houses in their ancestral communities over the last four years.
Taking the second-term oath of office, Zulum also announced plans to recruit 5,000 teachers, 1,500 health workers and establish a microfinance facility in each of the 27 local government areas of the state.
“I am always happy whenever I visit Baga, Damasak, Kala Balge, Monguno, Gwoza, Bama, Damboa, Askira, Banki, Baga, Gamboru, Dikwa, Ngoshe, Kirawa and all other liberated communities across Borno State.
“We intend to consolidate in our resettlement effort by resettling Abadam, Malumfatori, Gudumbali, Kareto, Ashigashiya, Wala, Yamteke, Modube, Bita, Dalwa, Sandiya, Kumshe, Gulumba, Gajibo, Logumane, Kala, Wumbi, Karnowa, Mile-fourty, Kekeno, Kumowon, Mbuta, Koshebe, Maiwa, Kirenuwa, Marte, Ala, Kaje, Gashigar, Asaa, among others.
“We also plan to close all or greater percentage of IDP camps in all the 27 LGs and resettle them in a dignified manner in collaboration with our development partners and international communities,” the governor said.
Zulum added that his vision was to open more pathways to progress for the people of Borno State by opening up the rural areas, bringing services closer to the people.
“We will establish six centres of excellence to harness potential from underprivileged children by providing an enabling environment for them to fully realise their potential, construct additional secondary and primary schools and as well rehabilitate 100 schools, recruit additional 5,000 teachers and ensure adequate resources for education,” he added.
Shortly after the governor’s inauguration, members of the Senior Executive Course 37 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies vowed to support his administration to accelerate the restoration of the state to its glorious past.