Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State says the total cost of destruction in North-East Nigeria is put at $9 billion, stating the region needs urgent humanitarian and corporate supports.
Shettima also says Borno State specifically accounts for $ 5.6 billion from the recorded $9 billion loss on account of the activities of the insurgents in the region.
The governor gave the information when he played host to Nicolas Terraz, managing director, Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, in Abuja, who was on a visit to commit N150 million each to the construction of four health centres.
The Total manager said, Borno State would get two health centres, while other states of Adamawa and Yobe would get one each.
The governor noted in his remarks that, “I have to pay a special tribute to Total Energy, because apart from the NNPC that have visited us to access the security situation in the state some couple of weeks back. Total is the first major player in the oil industry, among the multinationals in this country, to show empathy and support to the challenges in the North-East.”
He stated further that, “956,453 units of private houses were destroyed in Borno State, making up 30 percent of the houses destroyed in the North-East by the insurgents.”
He added that, “5,335 classrooms in 512 primary schools, in 38 high schools, and two tertiary institutions of learning were equally destroyed.”
According to the governor, “In health sector where Total is intervening, a total of 201 health facilities comprising of hospitals, dispensaries, primary healthcare centres were equally destroyed by the Boko Haram. Boko Haram produced a total number of 52,311 orphans, and 4,911 widows in Borno State.”
Meanwhile, Nicolas Terraz in his response, said, “As we are appraising the situation, we have decided now to focus in the North-East, to construct Maternal Health Centres, and we have decided to support the construction of four maternal Health Centres.”
He said, “Total has always been in support of all genuine efforts aimed at alleviating the plight of citizens who have in one way or another been affected by the situation in the North-East. In 2015, the company collaborated with the Nigeria Red Cross Society and carried out rehabilitation and livelihood support programmes at the cost of $500,000.”
He stated further that the company was also considering other ways of assisting the IDPs, such as training in various skills and provision of starter packs to enable them engage in economic activities aimed at restoring normalcy to their lives while reducing dependency.