From Dauda Iliya (Borno)
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has approved the donation of 10 patrol vehicles to the military to boost security surveillance on fringes of the Lake Chad.
Governor Zulum gave the approval during an interactive meeting with the commanding officer of the 68 battalion in Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam local government area in northern part of the State.
The Governor’s visit to the area was aimed at preparing the former stronghold of Boko Haram for reconstruction and safe return of refugees, who since 2014, fled the town to Boso and Diffa in Niger Republic.
He equally directed the State Rural Water Supply Agency to drill deep aquifer borehole within the military barracks, to address problems of access to water supply faced by the soldiers.
Speaking to troops, Professor Zulum commended their commitment and encouraged them to be steadfast in their efforts to clear remnants of the insurgents hibernating around Malam- Fatori.
The Governor later assessed infrastructure destroyed by insurgents in the town, which reconstruction work would commence before December.
Professor Babagana Zulum travelled to Malam-Fatori from Diffa where he had been on Thursday, held a high level collaborative meeting with President Bazoum Mohammed of Niger Republic, over safe and voluntary evacuation of Nigerian refugees.
He announced that a relocation committee would be constituted next week, to oversee reconstruction works and come up with a relocation plan.
The Governor was accompanied to Mallam Fatori alongside Senator representing northern Borno, Abubakar Kyari, members of state and national assembly and other stakeholders from Abadam Local Government Area.