Zulum lauds Army onslaught to recover Marte from insurgents

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

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

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

“I wish to assure our people that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are up 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 continue with its of resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral , adding that it will not give room for destructions.

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

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

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

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

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

state 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)