Chairman Hawul Speaks

By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza
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The Caretaker Chairman of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno state, Dr. Andrew Malgwi has said that more functional boreholes will be drilled in addition to the construction of feeder roads linking Marama-Kidang-Humusu communities so as to enable people of the area transport their agricultural products to desired market in the state.

Dr. Andrew disclosed this to Journalists in Maiduguri in an interview on his plan to ensure that his administration delivers dividends of democracy to his people.

He said the drilling of more boreholes particularly in remote communities of Hawul such as Marama, Pakilama, Gwangzang, Bilatum, Kwajaffa, Tashan Alade, Yimirshika, Witambaya among others became imperative, as most of these communities have remained without portable water and it does not auger well in any democratic setting.

Dr. Malgwi said, ' water is life', and that he will use the limited resources at his disposal to see to it that communities that depend on streams and shallow wells as their sources of drinking water, be given succour by drilling boreholes to them by the present government.

He pointed out that, although, to drill one borehole in the rocky communities of his council requires huge amount of money as each borehole cost about N700,000 to N1 million depending on the environment, he will do better if given a helping hand by the state government so that all primary and secondary schools in the area get at least one functional borehole .

"I will be happy if the state government will give me all the cooperatipon needed by assisting Hawul council with drilling rigs procured by the state government under Governor Kashim Shettima, or complement my effort with additional funds to enable me actualize my dreams which centres around provision of portable drinking water to my people".

On the construction of feeder roads across some communities in the council, Dr. Malgwi said, already he has released some funds for the construction of rural feeder roads including the Madaki -Ngumshum road in Marama and that very soon work on Kidang- Pirkusu- Humusu road will commence.

He noted that, the council will soon release additional fund for the refilling of potholes on the Yimirshika- Azare- Gombi federal highway, even though it is federal government owned, but due to its neglect it has become a death trap to motorists for the past many years.

While commending governor Shettima for giving priority to the health, agriculture and education sectors, especially in the area of free feeding of patients in hospital and students in primary and post primary schools in Maiduguri and Jere council areas.

Dr. Malgwi said, this gesture will soon be extended to his council, despite the fact that Hawul is the only council that has the highest number of primary schools in the whole of the 27 council areas of the state.