Excitement as Zulum reopens international cattle market in Borno

By Suru Charles

The joy of cattle dealers yesterday known not bound as Governor Babagana Umara Zulum reopened Gamboru International cattle market in the state.

The market which is located in Gamboru, a commercial border town in Ngala Local Government council of the state, would be recalled was shut down seven years ago following Boko Haram insurgency.

The market was closed due to serial of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, it shares a common border with the Republic of Cameroon and also has land routes to N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic.

Zulum who was in Ngala council for two days of humanitarian activities announced the reopened of the market in the company of the Commanding Officer, 3 Battalion, Nigeria Army, Lt. Col. Tolu Adedokun and the Chairman of the council, Mala Tijjani.

Applauding President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian military, the Police, the Department of State Security and other paramilitary security agencies for liberating and securing many parts of

state, their efforts, as made known by him, necessitated the reopening of the cattle market.

The governor also expressed delight at the re-opening of the market which, for many years, was enhancing trans-border trade between Nigeria, Cameroon and the Republic of Chad.

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He however warned cattle dealers and anyone associated with the market never to condone or support the use of the market by criminal elements to jeopardize security successes recorded.

Also on his part, the state Commissioner for Youths Empowerment, Sports Development and Poverty Alleviation, Saina Buba, recalled that before it was closed down, Gamboru market was a transit for the export of 500 to 800 herds of cattle every day to neighbouring countries.

The commissioner noted that the market provided thousands of direct and indirect means of livelihood to residents of Gamboru and other communities.

The Chairman of Borno State Cattle Traders Association, Alhaji Yakuba Goni thanked Governor Zulum for reopening the Gomboru Cattle Market and for supporting traders in different ways

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