2019: I’ll build on Gov Shettima’s legacy – Aspirant

A 2019 gubernatorial Aspirant in Borno state, Matawalle Kashim Ibrahim Imam has said that as part of post insurgency project and programmes, he would build on what Governor Kashim Shettima has done on the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement processes by introducing free and compulsory education at the primary and secondary school levels.
He said if elected, he will introduce a comprehensive tertiary institutions sponsorship for all Borno state indigenes, especially, the children of the IDPs, orphans and widows who are vulnerable in the society.
Matawalle stated this at a press conference as part of his agenda for the people of Borno adding that he will scrap the existing and controversial council Joint Account and give the councils full autonomy to operate on their own as obtained in the past.
He also said poor health facilities will be a story of the past as free maternal healthcare will be introduced and hospitals will be upgraded and furnished with modern and sophisticated equipments and facilities.
The aspirant further criticized the state revenue system saying that comparatively, Lagos generates N30 billion monthly while all the 19 northern states generate about N18 billion cumulatively.
According to him, Borno state due to the insurgency and poor revenue collection machinery, it is the lowest in the country despite its revenue based sources locally and internationally.
He pledged to also carry out a comprehensive and massive reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement projects across thestate through the constitution of a state conference committee and charity organization that will mobilise and raise funds locally, nationally and internationally for the state government to execute the massive projects in every community affected by the insurgency across the state.
He, however, lamented on the high rate of killings, bombings and wanton destruction of public and private property across the state, stressing that although governments and organizations including humanitarian and development partners have done a lot but that more needed to be done.
Imam noted that with the available agricultural implements, seedlings and other farming tools, more farming equipments will be provided to the rural farmers to produce more food for the state and the country in collaboration with Lake Chad Basin Development Authority to create jobs for the jobless and unemployed youths as well as boost the state economy

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