UN Deputy Secretary General on assessment visit in Borno

The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations has paid an assessment visit to Bama, Borno State following its record as the most destroyed place by the boko haram sect.

Hajiya Amina Mohammed said she was in the town to assess gaps in humanitarian needs and reconstruction efforts recorded by government so that she could report back to the UN.

According to her, the report will help the UN to identify areas of intervention.

Reconstruction efforts

The Borno State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of boko haram victims, Professor Babagana Zulu briefed the Deputy Secretary General on reconstruction efforts by the State government.

Eleven thousand private homes, 170 classrooms and other school buildings in 11 schools, township electrification and rehabilitation of 10 boreholes have so far been constructed and rehabilitated in Bama, Professor Zulu said.

The Deputy Secretary General arrived in Maiduguri in company of the State Governor, Kashim Shettima, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Nigerian (Country) Representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mairo Mandarin.

They were received by the Chairman of Bama Local Government, Alhaji Baba Shehu Gulumba at the Bama Stadium.

The delegation first visited the headquarters of the 21 Armored Brigade, where they were received by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General G.Audu.

Security provision

He briefed the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations on the operations of the military in clearing mines, providing security to the Internally Displaced Persons, providing support for the unaccompanied children as well as providing free medical healthcare.

The Brigade's Chief of Staff, Colonel A.A Adekey represented Brigadier General Audu.

The military declared Bama largely safe but noted challenges around farmlands located in bushes, where there was need for more clearance of possible land mines. ?

The commander solicited for the support of the United Nations in the area of clearing mines around farmlands to fast track return of the IDP.

The delegation also visited an IDP camp located at Government Science Secondary School and were received by officials of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, the National Emergency Management Agency, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and some other UN officials.

The focal person of the Camp, Mr. Johnson Owocho of IOM told the Deputy Secretary General that the Camp had 15,770 IDP in 5,111 households.

The delegation afterwards visited a school in session where 4,503 displaced children were undergoing education with the school's head Master, Mallam Mustapha Mohammad working with 46 teachers.

At the school, Governor Shettima ordered the release of 250 bags of rice and 50 bags of beans to enable pupils start benefiting from daily meal per student to boost nutrition.

The Governor's gesture was also to encourage good learning outcomes. ?

Source: Voice of Nigeria