In a recent statement, Vice President Kashim Shettima expressed his deep concern over the devastating impact of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has resulted in a staggering $9 billion worth of damage in the Northeast region.
Shettima made these remarks during the distribution of palliatives and the groundbreaking ceremony for the 22.5km Jere Bowl road network project, executed by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) and covering Jere and Mafa LGAs in Borno.
The event coincided with the 8th meeting of the North East Governors Forum (NEGF). The Vice President emphasized that Borno State alone had suffered damages amounting to $6.8 billion.
He further highlighted the extensive destruction across other states in the region, including Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba, emphasizing that if the Northeast of Nigeria were to be considered as a nation, it would be poorer than Chad, Afghanistan, and Niger.