- The once battered town of Bama in Borno has been visited by the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI)
- The PCNI team, led by Tijjani Tumsa, its deputy chairman, took a tour of the entire town on Thursday, April 26
- During the tour, Tumsa urged government and non-governmental bodies to assist the presidency in assisting the people in the region
The Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI) was, on Thursday, April 26, in the once battered town of Bama, Borno state, where internally displaced persons (IDPs) were returning after three years of terrorist attack and ravaging.
The PCNI team, led by Tijjani Tumsa, its deputy chairman, took a tour of the entire town after which it resolved that the ravaged town, currently being rebuilt by a joint force of government and non-government stakeholder, still needs more support to fully bounce back, Premium Times reports.
Tumsa, who led the team in the tour of the region, met with some of the 73 ward heads of Bama, and promised them federal government’s support to alleviate their plight.
Tumsa said: “We have the intention of calling on all the stakeholders, the state actors, including the international NGOs to the discussion table to fashion out a way that will sustain anybody that will return to Bama."
The villagers had listed food, cash grants for business, agricultural implements and the repair of the badly damaged Bama-Maiduguri road, among a number of their most pressing necessities.
The PCNI team had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Bama, His Royal Highness, Kyari Ibn El-kanemi, in his temporary Maiduguri abode where the top monarch pleaded for more intervention to enable the state government complete the rebuilding of his domain so as to speed up the return of his subjects to their homes.
The Emir expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his aids to the troubled people of Borno, and also for funding the PCNI.
Tumsa, who represented the chairman of the PCNI, Theophilus Danjumma, was impressed with the progress of work done in the town, especially the rebuilding of public infrastructure funded by the initiative.
He remarked: “And most importantly we are requesting for support to rehabilitate or reconstruct the (road) between Maiduguri and Bama which has been in bad shape.
And there are a lot of other settlements apart from Bama town under Bama local government; villages like Gulumba, Kumshe, Darajamal, Ngurosoye etc, that also need additional support, so that we can equally support them to return to their villages.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Bama Initiative for Human Development, an NGO, in Maiduguri staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities in the town.
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