The devastation left behind by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State alone is worth about 6.9billion dollars, the state’s Commissioner of Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement Professor Babagana Umara has emphasized.
According to him, while speaking at the Stakeholders High Level Monitoring Mission to Visit to PAN Learning Center in Kaduna where 159 IDPs from the North East are currently undergoing a UNDP training on automobiles engineering, on Tuesday, the scary figures were estimated by the World Bank, which calls for the support of world and regional agencies, as well as non-governmental associations towards rebuilding of the ravaged communities.
He said that on record, they have it that 5,000 classrooms, 260 healthcare centres, 900 municipal buildings and 1,600 water distribution pumps, among other key structures like power lines were destroyed.
The commissioner explained that there in urgent need for intervention in the IDPs camps in the state, sheltering about 200,000 in Maiduguri alone, and about two million across the state, where poverty is getting stronger, resulting to unsavoury stories emanating from them.
Professor Umara said that after the devastation, the rational thing to do is to go into recovery, which as part of, is the training of the youth.
He commended the UNDP for the gesture, while assuring of the state government’s desire to partner with the organization towards training more youth to not only become self reliant, but employers of labour.
For the Director-General of the PAN Learning Centre, Mrs. Elizabeth Olubukola Mordi, the centre’s certificate is accepted worldwide as they are currently accredited by the City and Guilds and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
One of the female trainees who spoke to newsmen, 20-year old Fatima Mohammed from Yobe who lost her father, said that she has learnt a lot and would waste no time in starting up a workshop when she graduates in July this year.