… Addresses water issues soldiers face
By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Friday visited Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam Local Government Area, located in the fringes of Lake Chad in northern Borno.
The visit aimed to start preparing the liberated Boko Haram stronghold for reconstruction and safe return of refugees, who since 2014, fled the town to Bosso and Diffa communities in the Niger Republic.
Presently, Mallam Fatori and Guzamala Local Government Areas located on the fringes of lake chad have no civilian presence some years ago.
Zulum approved 10 patrol vehicles to enhance security surveillance and held an interactive meeting with the commanding officer of the 68 battalions in Malam-Fatori, to identify areas of Borno Government could offer support.
The Governor directed the State Rural Water Supply Agency to drill a deep aquifer borehole within the military barracks, to address problems of access to water supply faced by the soldiers.
Speaking to troops, Zulum commended their commitment and encourage 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 was to be reconstructed before December.
Zulum moved to Malam-Fatori from Diffa where he had been on Thursday, during which he held a high-level collaborative meeting with President Bazoum Mohammed of the Niger Republic, over the safe and voluntary evacuation of Nigerian refugees.
Zulum announced that a relocation committee would be constituted next week, to oversee reconstruction works and come up with a relocation plan.
Zulum was in Mallam Fatori alongside the Speaker House of Assembly, Rt Hon Abdulkarim Lawan, Senator representing northern Borno, Abubakar Kyari, members of state and national assembly and other stakeholders from Abadam Local Government Area.