The Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI) in liaison with Presidential Committee for Victims Support Fund (PCVSF) has donated building materials worth over N2 billion to Borno state government.
The materials donated in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, were to support the reconstruction of communities destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The presentation was made to Governor Kashim Shettima by the vice chairman of the committee, Alh. Tijjani Tumsah at the weekend.
“Rebuilding of hospital infrastructure is meant to complement our short-term interventions such as the medical outreach programmes that have been going on across the north east,” he said.
PCNI also flagged off a Housing Refurbishing Material Support Programme (HRMSP) intended to provide access to improved housing, in terms of quality and standard for returnees and people directly affected by the insurgency.
A total of 298,000 pieces of timber, 59,710 ceiling boards and 20,865 bags of assorted nails were handed over to the governor.
Also, 14,100 bundles of zinc and 2,400 bags of cement were part of the presidential committee’s intervention to the state.
The distribution of the building materials was made to nine local governments of the state where reconstruction works are ongoing.
According to Tumsah, “the distribution was based on population of the local governments and damage assessment.”
Biu, Gwoza and Monguno local governments got 50,000 pieces of timber, 2,275 bundles of zinc, 2,650 ceiling boards and 350 bags of cement each.
48,000 pieces of timber, 2,275 bundles of zinc, 2,650 ceiling boards and 350 bags of cement were donated to Damboa local government.
Five local governments; Guzamala, Kala-Balge, Kukawa, Mafa and Ngala received 20,000 pieces of timber, 1,000 bundles of zinc, 2,053 bags of assorted nails, 5,670 pieces of ceiling boards and 200 bags of cement, respectively.
Similarly, PCNI handed over healthcare facilities meant to furnish a hospital in Bama local government to the governor. Tumsah noted that the facilities, including x-ray machines and a total of 240 adult beds, among other things, will fully furnish the hospital.
Tumsah had in an event in Adamawa in September last year, disclosed that N6 billion was spent in various interventions programmes in the six states of the region.
Receiving the items, Shettima thanked the presidential committee for the intervention, noting that it would help fast-track the ongoing reconstruction works and subsequent resettlement of internally displaced persons.