Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, yesterday, said the Federal Government has commenced reconstruction of schools and police stations destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
Lawal made this known in Hong, Adamawa State, during the graduation of 500 students trained by Buba Industrial Village.
The training was part of the Youth Empowerment Programme introduced by Yusuf Buba, the member representing Gombi /Hong Federal Constituency.
He said reconstruction of the region was part of the electoral campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The SGF stressed that the aim was to bring lasting solution to insurgency and rebuild destroyed infrastructures in the region.
“The Federal Government has begun reconstruction of schools and police stations among other facilities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East region.
“The present APC – led government is determined to guarantee peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and ensure that citizens, irrespective of their ethnicity or religion, benefit from the dividends of democracy,” said Lawal.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced plans to deploy more men in its counter-insurgency operations in the North east.
Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar stated this on a visit to military formations and traditional institutions in Borno State where he announced that “the Nigerian Air Force is exploring the possibility of expanding the Air Force troops in the North-East to ensure total restoration of peace in the shortest time possible.”
He also explained that “with the planned expansions, more personnel will be deployed and more platforms created to widen our operations towards timely and speedy response in counter-insurgency campaigns.
“We are already widening the roles of our regiments as special combat forces to secure and protect key points after successful operations.”
Abubakar’s pledge is coming on the heels of successes recorded by the Air Force in its ongoing fight against Boko Haram.
An Unmanned combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) belonging to the force, recently destroyed a logistics base used by Boko Haram.
The Air Force said the UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram terrorists at Garin Moloma, about one kilometre north of the Sambisa Forest, a Boko Haram enclave.
The need for additional platforms by the Nigerian Air Force also occurs in the light of recent crashes experienced by the service.