ABDULLAHI ISAH, Maiduguri
Presidential Committee on North-east Interventions (PCNI) is to spend N233 billion on the post-insurgency reconstruction and rehabilitation of the communities ravage by Boko Haram war in the North-east geo-political zone of the country.
The chairman of the Committee, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) disclosed this when President Muhammadu Buhari represented by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo declared open a workshop on North-east Humanitarian Multi-stakeholders engagement with the theme “Coordination, Communication and Cooperation” at the Government House Maiduguri, Monday.
General Danjuma who was represented by Mohammed Danjuma said the carnage in the north-east by the Boko Haram terrorists requires proper coordination, cooperation and communication to alleviate sufferings of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the reconstruction of destroyed communities.
He said the Federal Government and other stakeholders are seriously determined to manage the humanitarian crisis in the region and very soon the IDPs will return to their communities after reconstruction of their destroyed communities.
While declaring open the occasion, Vice President Osinbajo said: “We are in Maiduguri to show humanity and gave milk of human kindliness to our brothers and sisters whom for six years have been ravage by Boko Ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency by killing, maiming and abducting innocent people.”
The Vice President also stated that his team was also in Maiduguri to strengthen the capacity of civil organization and to develop the capacity of Non Governmental Organizations a (NGOs) and individuals, so as to put the post insurgency construction on a sound pedestal.
Also speaking, the United Nations (UN) Country Representative, Ratti Ndlovu said Nigeria has the capacity to restore the shattered lives of the IDPs and reconstruct their destroyed communities, so that they go back and continue with their normal lives.
She said as managers of humanitarian crisis they will continue to partners with the Federal Government, state government and other development partners to restore quality live to the IDPs and reconstruct their destroyed communities, adding that the forum afford them the opportunity to have platform to discuss what is achievable through communication, coordination and cooperation.
In his remarks, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state said in their drive to restore live back to the destroyed communities, the state government has created a ministry of rehabilitation and reconstruction, which has since commenced the reconstruction of destroyed towns of Benesheik, Auno and Jakana in Kaga and Konduga local governments, respectively.
While commending the fords of Buharis administration towards ending the insurgency in the North-east, Shettima said that the Borno state government will continue to partner with the FG and other stakeholders in bringing live back to the destroyed communities.
Meanwhile, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has faulted the December 2015 deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari to end all insurgency in the north east region of the country.
Gowon who said with the nature of military operations in such situations going by benefit of hindsight, it was ‘out of place’ for President Buhari to give a deadline, even though, he admitted, that there were possibilities of ending the insurgency even before the December 2015 deadline.
Gowon, who took the position in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Monday, shortly after an advocacy visit to the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, for a Roll Back Malaria programme, on behalf of his Yakubu Gowon Centre, enthused, however, that with the present strategies adopted by the military in the fight, the insurgency might soon be flushed out.
President Muhammadu Buhari, penultimate Saturday, in an interview aired on Aljazeera network reiterated his administration’s resolve to end insurgency in the region by December, this year.
However, when asked what happens if he fails to defeat Boko Haram by December, President Buhari replied: “No I will not resign even if I don’t defeat them. I will be determined to stay and fight it out.” was determined to end the insurgency in the region of the country by December.
Though Gowon expressed confidence in the military’s renewed efforts in flushing out insurgency in the country, he noted that ‘it was out of place for someone to say it would end in particular period.’
The former Head of State who urged Nigerians to use prayers as an alternative and effective weapon to defeat Boko Haram, which, according to him, is capable of changing the hearts and minds of the insurgents, however, regretted the use of young innocent girls in the perpetration of suicide attacks by the terrorist group.