Zulum lauds Army onslaught to recover Marte from insurgents

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has lauded the latest onslaught by the Nigerian Army to recapture Marte, the headquarters of Marte Local Government Area of the state, from insurgents.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Sunday visited Dikwa Army Super Camp Borno,  where he directed special troops to recover Marte and its environs within 48 hours.

Zulum, who was speaking at the launching of Rapid Response Initiative Projects Borno, organised by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Maiduguri Monday, said he was confident of the military capacity to deliver the job.

“I wish to assure our people that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are to this fresh challenge and I am pretty sure that Marte shall be retaken again and all the miscreants routed out,” Zulum said.

The governor also reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue with its programme of resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral home, adding that it will not give room for destructions.

He observed that keeping IDPs to continue to depend handouts from government and organisations was not sustainable.

While lauding NEDC for its series of interventions the Northeast, Zulum who is the Chairman of Northeast Governors Forum, urged the commission to give priority to some critical areas including transformation by establishing things like centres all states of the region.

He observed that such centres would go a long way addressing farmers/herders conflicts.

“Borno alone has a land mass of 76,000 square kilometres. Together with other states of Northeast, this region will provide vast arable land for farmers Nigeria.

“I am also advocating for pasture production centres. This is very important and we can do it.

“Each can provide 5,000 hectares for the centres which can provide grazing venues for no fewer than two to three million livestock,” Zulum said. (NAN)