Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin have discussed the on-going efforts in tackling the challenges of insurgency and its impact on Gombe State, and the security situation in the North East.
They discussed Operation Safe Corridor of the Federal Government, which focused on the rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant and the surrendered Boko Haram members, with the sole aim of getting them back into normal life in the society.
The programme is being hosted in Gombe, at a former Permanent Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
The camp now trains the repentant Boko Haram members in various vocational trainings and tutorials, as a strategic measure aimed at demobilising, de-radicalising, dissociating and reintegrating them back into the society.
Governor Yahaya appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the counter terrorism operations in the North East, he was however concerned about the welfare of the host community.
During his meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Governor Yahaya solicited for the support of General Olonisakin, so that the host community of the Operation Safe Corridor in Malam Sidi, would enjoy maximum benefit of the facility.
The governor said the benefit of the facility could be achieved through improved social services, considering the inconveniences caused on the socio-economic activities.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin equally commended the government and people of Gombe State for playing the big brother role, by agreeing to host the Operation Safe Corridor Camp in the state.
He said the government had been able to utilise the de-radicalisation programme to bring positive changes in the counter-terrorism operations in the North East.
He also acknowledged the support and cooperation of Governor Yahiya’s administration to the Nigerian armed forces and the hospitality of Gombe people in accommodating victims of insurgency from the neighbouring states as well as hosting the rehabilitation and de-radicalization centre.
General Olonisakin also appreciated the concerns raised by the Governor on the position of the NYSC camp and the social services to the community.
He promised to address the matter and mitigate the challenges throughout the duration of the programme.