Governor orders re-construction of Police Barracks, others
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday ordered the rebuilding of the Police and Immigration Barracks burnt down by terrorists in Gamboru border town of Ngala Local Government Area of the state.
Zulum, who visited the area on Tuesday alongside Senator Kashim Shettima, also directed the construction of a shopping complex to enhance trade, and the reconstruction of some buildings at the Nigerian Arabic Village in Ngala town, owned by the Federal Government.
According to reports, the governor and his associates had been in Gamboru since Sunday, undertaking major humanitarian activities and inspecting the razed buildings in the barracks.
The Governor, who admitted that the razed barracks were beyond repair, directed the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement to commence processes towards constructing new ones for both the Police and Immigration services in Gamboru.
The Governor further directed the Borno State Geographic Information Services (BOGIS) to construct a new shopping complex in the town, asking the Executive Secretary of BOGIS, Adam Bababe, to submit a budget for the project.
Zulum also took a tour of structures at the Nigerian Arabic Village in Ngala town, on the invitation of the school’s Executive Director and afterwards directed the commencement of reconstruction works, with a completion deadline of end of 2022.
Zulum also promised to look into other problems faced by the school to identify immediate, short, and longterm interventions by the host government. Zulum also announced plans for the urbanization of border towns in the state, one of which is Gamboru that shares a border with Cameroon, linking up with the Republic of Chad.
“Gamboru Ngala is one of our border towns, and there is the need for us to urbanize all the border towns in Borno State in order to enhance commercial and social and trading activities,” Zulum said.