Following the takeover of territories overrun by the Boko Haram insurgents and the restoration of peace, the Nigerian Army has re-opened some primary and secondary school classes for returning residents.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Madagali, Adamawa State on Saturday, Chibueze Agbuabo, the Commanding Officer, 143 Rangers Battalion, said that the classes were voluntarily opened for learning.
“Now that normalcy has been restored in the area and the communities have resumed their daily activities, the Army has opened the hitherto shut classes where pupils and students are being taught,” Mr. Agbuabo, a Lieutenant Colonel, said.
According to the battalion commander, the development is to ensure that the young ones are not idle, even as most government and private schools in the areas are still under lock and key.
He said that the development was also to help the students fill up the gap they had lost during the invasion by the insurgents.
In addition, he said, the military was rendering free medical health care services to the communities as well as counselling them.
Mr. Agbuabo described the relationship between the military and the communities as cordial.
He, however, advised the communities to voluntarily forward timely information to the nearest security outpost of any strange face or movement in their areas.
The commanders on the ground are calling on officers of Immigration and Customs services in the areas to return to their respective duty posts.
Commanders on the ground in Gamboru Ngala and other towns liberated from the insurgents are also encouraging personnel of Customs and Immigration services to redeploy their men back to the towns.