From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
A large number of Geidam local government area residents yesterday trooped out to welcome Governor Mai Mala Buni and were later elated when the governor announced the reopening of the Geidam Market after it was closed by the military, nine months ago.
He made the announcement on Monday when he had a town hall meeting with stakeholders in the presence of Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, and other top military chiefs, pointing out that prior to this, he has made consultations with President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Air Staff Sadiq Abubakar, Director General Department of State Services and the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu among other critical stakeholders on the opening of the Geidam Central Market and consequences of leaving it closed.
The governor said the reason for taking the action is to relieve the community from hardship associated with the closure of the market which has been the lifeline of people in the community, adding that the reason given for closing the market, namely, that the insurgents are also using the market to restock their supplies, is not true.
The governor equally announced a review of the existing curfew which starts from 6 am and ends at 5 pm to now commence from 6am to 10 pm with a view to improving activities in the community.
Governor Buni further explained that on 4th November 2019 “the IG is visiting Yobe State to witness the flag off of the distribution of operational vehicles to the police, military, Vigilante in order to boost their morale.”
Geidam Consultative Forum Secretary, Umar Bako Geidam commended the governor for reopening the market “it will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of our people, now our economy will be restored.”