Members of the House of Representatives have commended H.E Governor Ibrahim Gaidam for the effort he made so far in the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the reconstruction of facilities and infrastructure destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in parts of the state affected by their terrorist activity.
Zoro said the federal government and partner international organisations such as the United Nations who want to channel humanitarian assistance through the state governments should not hesitate to do so “provided certain guidelines are followed for how the funds could be used because the interventions of the state governments are also systematic”.
On his part, H.E Gov. Gaidam thanked the leadership of the House of Represenatives for their concern, saying the visit by the two committees will afford members the opportunity to interact with stakeholders and have a sense of the devastations and destructions of public and private property caused by Boko Haram.
The governor said that the failure of the previous Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government to finance the war against Boko Haram fully and effectively made his administration to deploy the meagre resources at its disposal to helping the campaign against Boko Haram insurgents through the payment of allowances to security operatives, procurement and maintenance of vehicles, logistics, medical assitance to security agents and provision of relief and medical assitance to victims, among
He said that by the end of the first quarter of 2015, the Yobe State Government had spent a total of N15.8 billion in Boko Haram-related expenses.
The governor regretted, however, that despite the huge costs to the Yobe State Government, the Jonathan administration gave the state N150 million only in “sharp contrast to the huge budgetary allocation to the security sector by that administration”.
Source: Yobe’s state Govt