The Borno State government said Wednesday it was working on plans to re-open major highways linking Maiduguri to other parts of the state. Gov. Shetima Governor Kashim Shettima, stated this at an interactive forum with traders of the Monday Market in Maiduguri. The governor explained that the objective was to rejuvenate the economy of the state, which had suffered setbacks due to the Boko Haram insurgency. He said the government had also constructed shopping malls in different parts of the state capital to encourage business activities.
Mr. Shettima expressed optimism that the lingering Boko Haram insurgency would soon be over, following successes recorded by the military in its campaign against terrorism. He commended the leadership of the traders for maintaining unity among them. Mr. Shettima assured that the government was ready to assist the traders and other business owners to overcome the hardships they were facing due to the insurgency. The permanent secretary of the state Ministry of Trade and Investment, Hamza Hamawa, said the forum was organised by traders to express appreciation to the governor for initiating an interest-free loan for them. Mr. Hamawa said many traders had benefited from the scheme.