Thousands of people thronged the streets of Gaidam Town in jubilation on Monday, as Governor Mai Mala Buni re-opens their central market after it was closed for over ten months due to security challenges in Yobe State.
Gov Buni disclosed this at a town hall meeting with the people of the town; said Gaidam’s market will be reopened.
According to him, the Gaidam market is not just a market for Gaidam people. It is a market for the whole of the country.
“The level of economic activity going on in the market is very huge and its reopening means a lot to us. We are so grateful to him,” he said.
A Gaidam elder, Sheikh Sanda Goni-Khusr said what the governor did would be remembered by the people of the area for a very long time.
Other residents who spoke to our correspondent said they are pleased that the governor has re-opened the market, adding that they would continue to pray for the governor to succeed in his effort to move the state forward.
Mr Buni also said that the 12-hour curfew imposed on Gaidam as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency has been relaxed by four hours from 600pm to 10pm daily.
The governor explained that reopening the market had become necessary given its strategic importance to the economic wellbeing of the people and how its closure had caused untold hardship to them.
The governor added that before he went to Gaidam, he has made contact with the presidency, the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu and other top security chiefs to brief them and explain to them the situation in Gaidam town and the effects that the closure was having on the livelihood of the people.
“I have pledged on your behalf that security is and will remain everybody’s business.
“Everyone in Gaidam town and environs will chip in and contribute to security by cooperating with the security agents and by promptly reporting any suspicious persons or activity to the security agents”, he said.
Governor Buni also revealed that he has given approval for the recruitment of 150 additional vigilantes by Gaidam Local Government Council to assist in providing security in the area and ensuring that any suspicious persons or activity are dealt with promptly.
He said “it’s not just the chairman of the local government or the vigilantes. All of you in the town would have to do your part.”