The House of Representatives yesterday passed a motion urging the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), the Nigerian Army engineers and others to urgently repair the Gamborun-Ngala bridge, which has serious economic implications on the lives of the people of the towns in Borno State and the their Camerounian counterparts.
The bridge was damaged by Boko Haram insurgents last week.
The motion for the bridge repair was moved by Hon. Abdulrahman Terab (APC Borno), when he said while the country and the entire world are still trying to solve the Chibok abduction, life in Gamborun-Ngala, a border community which serves as one of the commercial thriving towns in Borno East senatorial district, came under attack.
Boko Haram insurgents, he said, invaded the busy town in broad daylight, killing over 300 people, and burnt down the entire market, including 50 trucks loaded with grains and other economic valuables, in addition to other smaller cars and valuables.
This, he added, was the third attack on the Gamboru town by the Boko Haram, forcing the affected communities to flee to neighboring communities in Cameroun due to the failure of the federal government to stop incessant attacks on the town.
“If a swift response to the plight of the victims is not provided, there is the fear of the people in these two local governments completely losing confidence in the government which could result in anarchy,” he warned.
Adopting the motion, the House also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to immediately provide relief materials to the victims of the Gamboru attack and urged the federal government to increase the military presence in the town and other neighbouring communities to stave off further attacks.