Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Hajiya Amina Mohammed, on Wednesday visited Bama in company of Governor Kashim Shettima.
The DSG arrived Maiduguri in company of Minister of state for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, and Nigerian (Country) Representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mairo Mandara.
They were received by the Chairman of Bara Local Government, Alhaji Baba Shehu Gulumba.
Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Boko Haram victims, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, who briefed DSG on reconstruction efforts by Borno State government, noted that reconstruction of 11,000 private homes, 170 classrooms and other buildings in 11 schools, township electrification and rehabilitation of 10 boreholes have so far been achieved in Bama.
With Bama recorded as worst destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists, the DSG said she was in to assess gaps in humanitarian needs, and reconstruction efforts recorded by Government so she could report back to the UN in order to identify areas of interventions.
The delegation’s first point of call was the headquarters of the 21 Armored Brigade where they were received by the Brigade Commander Brigadier General G.B Audu, represented by the Brigade’s Chief of Staff, Col. A.A Adekeye.
He briefed the DSG of military’s operations in clearance of mines, providing security to IDP, providing support for the unaccompanied children as well as providing free medical healthcare.
The military declared Bama largely safe but noted challenges around farmlands located in bushes, where there is need for more clearance of possible land mines.
The commander solicited UN’s support in the area of clearing mines around farmlands to fast track returns of IDP. “