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Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014

Reps urge FERMA, Army to repair bridge linking Nigeria, Cameroon

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Worried by the economic implication to the people of Gamborun- Ngala town in Borno state and the their Cameroonian counterpart, after an attack and bombing of the Gamborun- Ngala bridge linking Nigeria and Cameroun by the Boko Haram insurgent, the House of Representatives yesterday urged Federal Roads Maintainance Agency (FERMA), and the Nigerian army Engineering co, to urgent repair and fix the bridge.

This was sequel to a motion moved under the matters of urgent national importance by Rep Abdulrahman Terab (APC Borno), noting that while the country and the entire world is grappling to the Chibok abduction, Gamborun Ngala, a border community which serves as one of the commercial thriving in Borno east came under attack.

He recalled that on May 5, 2014, Boko Haram insurgents invaded the busy town in a broad day-light, 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.

He revealed that this is the third attack on the Gamboru town by the Boko Haram, and that the affected communities have threaten to migrate to the neighboring communities in Cameroon, should the federal government fails to stop incessant attacks on their town and the mindless killings by the Boko Haram.

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 arson, and also urged the federal government to increase military presence in Gamboru town and the neighboring towns to avoid further attack.

The motion was unanimously adopted and was referred to the committee on FERMA and the army for further legislative inputs.

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