The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative and Presidential Committee for Victims Support Fund has donated building materials to the Borno State Government to support the reconstruction of communities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.
The presentation was made to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, by the PICNI vice chairman, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, on Friday, in Maiduguri, the committee said in a statement on Sunday.
A total of 298,000 logs of timber, 59,710 ceiling boards and 20,865 bags of assorted nails, 14,100 bundles of zinc and 2,400 bags of cement were handed over to the governor.
The distribution of the building materials was made in nine local government areas where reconstruction works are ongoing.
Tumsah stated that the donation was meant to assist the state government in rebuilding hospitals “to complement our short-term interventions such as the medical outreach programmes that have been going on across the North-East.”
He disclosed that the PCNI had also flagged off a Housing Refurbishing Material Support Programme intended to provide access to improved housing in terms of quality and standard for people directly affected by insurgency.
According to him, the distribution was based on the population density of the local governments and damage assessment.
Giving a breakdown of the distribution, Tumsah, explained that Biu, Gwoza and Monguno local governments got 50,000 logs of timber, 2,275 bundles of zinc, 2,650 ceiling boards and 350 bags of cement.
He added that 48,000 logs of timber, 2,275 bundles of zinc, 2,650 ceiling boards and 350 bags of cement were donated to Damboa Local Government.
Five local government areas, including Guzamala, Kala-Balge, Kukawa, Mafa and Ngala received 20,000 of timber, 1,000 bundles of zinc, 2,053 bags of assorted nails, 5,670 pieces of ceiling boards and 200 bags of cement each.
Similarly, Tumsah disclosed that the PCNI also handed over health care equipment for a hospital in Bama Local Government Area to the governor. The equipment are x-ray machines and a total of 240 beds.
Shettima thanked the presidential committee for the intervention, noting that it would help to fast-track the ongoing reconstruction works and subsequent resettlement of the internally-displaced persons.
He explained that his government was determined to resettle all displaced persons by May 29, 2018.
He called on the committee to extend similar intervention to other local governments in the state where reconstruction works are ongoing, including Askira Uba, Chibok, Konduga and Marte, among others.