Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has announced his administration’s plan to transform communities in five local government headquarters to urban levels.
The Communities in Biu, Gubio, Kaga, Mafa and Monguno have been earmarked in the first phase of our urbanization scheme, Zulum said on Saturday, during his humanitarian activities in Mafa.
The Governor arrived Mafa on Friday, from Damasak where he has passed the night on Thursday.
In Mafa, where he spent another night, governor Zulum paid unscheduled visit to the general hospital during which he came across some dedicated health workers, amongst them, an Ibo woman, Mrs Mabel Ijeoma from Anambra State that had been working there for 15 years, who, like some others, received N200, 000 gift from the Governor.
On Saturday, the governor supervised the distribution of food and cash to 9,400 internally displaced households.
Each of the 3,500 male beneficiaries received a bag of rice, a bag maize grid and cash, while each of 5,900 female beneficiaries received a wrapper, 2 packets of sugar and cash.
Governor Zulum then inspected some ongoing projects, which include a drip and sprinkler irrigation scheme, a vocational training centre, a shopping complex and motor park with 150 market stalls.
Zulum later addressed residents urging them to take advantage of the holy month of Ramadan and pray for the return of peace to Borno and the entire nation.
The Governor also expressed gratitude to the North East Development Commission for supplementing the efforts of the state government.