Imam Pledges N1bn For Reconstruction, Resettlement In Borno
People gather at the site of a twin car bomb explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Twin car bomb blasts at a bustling marketplace killed at least 51 people in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist terrorist group, a Red Cross official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola )

Kashim Imam, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), has pledged to contribute N1 billion to facilitate rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of communities ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, northeast Nigeria.

Imam, who was among the 10 governorship aspirants that lost in the recent APC governorship primary, made the pledge on Monday.

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His words: “I earmarked N1 billion for reconstruction of Borno and I intend to contribute it to my state despite losing the primary election.

“Additionally, I will organise an endowment fund and invite my friends to contribute to the fund. I will constitute a committee of elders to manage the fund.

“This is part of commitments to my people and I will continue to serve them no matter the odds”, Imam opined.

The APC chieftain said he would personally reconstruct central mosques in Bama and Gwoza, provide a scholarship to indigent students and offer empowerment support to youth and women in the state.