202, 303 residents angry over allocation of Bama road shops, describe it as unfair


Residents of 202 and 303 housing estates have expressed bitterness over what they describe as unfair distribution of shops built by the Borno state government along Bama road, Maiduguri to boost business activities in the state.

'Out of over 7,000 people here, only the chairman, Sayinna Buba and his wife benefitted from the allocation', a resident told this newspaper via phone conversation.

They added that most of the shops are allocated to friends and family by the commissioner of housing, Alh. Babagana T. Banki.

'Apart from these two, nobody was given anything, the rest were distributed among family and friends who later sold them out at one million and above', the source added.

An agent who did not give permission to publish his name confirmed that 'most of the allocations were sold out at one million and above'.

'Those at first floor are sold between 900,000 to 1,000,000 while those at the ground floor go well above a million', he said.

There are rumors that some of the residents are planning to stage acts of civil disobedience to express their disappointment to the governor, Alh. Kashim Shettima, who's set to officially commission the projects today.

'We even got rumors that some residents are planning to express their anger over the matter when the governor comes to commission the project today', the source said.

However, the source added that as stakeholders, they will not let such things happen 'as the governor is not the one to blame'.

'The relevant ministry is the party responsible for this. It may be an act of sabotage because right now some of the buildings had to be renovated because they were badly built. It is surely a selfish attempt to enrich family and friends by the person in charge', the source added.

'Let me tell you another thing, the governor has order electrification of the shops, but this has been done yet. Those selected for the official commissioning were speedily completed but the rest are still not', the source explained further.

However, the commissioner could not be reached for comments up to the time of filing this report.