Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State on Saturday reopened the Gamboru International Livestock Market, which was closed for about seven years due to the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
The market is located in Gamboru, a commercial border town in the Ngala Local Government Area (LGA) in Borno Central.
Gamboru shares its border with the Republic of Cameroon and has land routes to N’Djamena, the capital of the Republic of Chad.
The market was closed due to serial attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.
Zulum, who is currently in Ngala LGA for two days of humanitarian activities, reopened the market in the company of the Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Tolu Adedokun, and the chairman of the local government of Ngala, the hon. Mala Tijjani.
The Governor expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army, Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and other paramilitary security agencies for liberating and securing many parts of the state of Borno, which allowed the reopening of the market.
Zulum also welcomed the re-opening of the market which for many years has boosted cross-border trade between Nigeria, Cameroon and the Republic of Chad.
Governor Zulum, however, has warned cattle traders and anyone associated with the market never to condone or support the use of the market by criminal elements to undermine security successes.
Borno Commissioner for Youth Empowerment, Sports Development and Poverty Alleviation, Saina Buba, who chairs a livestock management committee set up by Governor Zulum, recalled that prior to its closure, the Gamboru market was a transit for the export of 500 to 800 herds of cattle. daily to neighboring countries.
The commissioner noted that the market provides thousands of direct and indirect livelihoods to the people of Gamboru and other communities.
Buba’s 10-person management committee includes representatives from the army, police, DSS and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
Borno State Cattle Traders Association Chairman Alhaji Yakuba Goni thanked Governor Zulum for reopening the Gomboru cattle market and for supporting the traders in various ways.
Zulum, who had arrived in Gamboru earlier on Friday, was joined by APC State Chairman Ali Bukar Dalori, APC candidate for Borno Central, Bar. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Marte, Monguno, Nganzai House of Representative Candidate, Engr. Bukar Talba, special advisers and other government officials and party leaders, especially those indigenous to Ngala LGA.