Boko Haram fighters destroyed N1.9trn property in Borno

The Borno Government on Tuesday said about one million houses and public structures were destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the 27 local government areas of the state.

The insurgents also destroyed properties worth over N1.9 trillion in the past six years.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, Alhaji Yerima Saleh, disclosed this at a news conference in Maiduguri.

Saleh also said the insurgents razed down 986, 453 residential homes; 5, 335 classrooms, 201 health facilities, 1, 630 water facilities and 726 power distribution stations and transformers.

He added that 800 public structures such as offices, prisons, police posts and others were destroyed by the insurgents.

“The quantum of destruction caused by insurgents is monumental resulting in serious humanitarian crisis.

“The damage calls for serious intervention from government, development and humanitarian organisations.

“The destruction has rendered 22 out of the 27 local government council areas uninhabitable,” he said.

To mitigate the problem, the permanent secretary said the state government had established the ministry to facilitate rapid rehabilitation and re-settlement of ravaged communities.

NAN

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