Friday, 19 September 2014

Boko Haram’ll end soon—Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, on Thursday,
expressed optimism that the Nigerian military will soon
end the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Shettima made the statement at the launching of the
new 64-page e-passport in Maiduguri.
He said the recent victory by the military in different
encounters with the insurgents had brought back hope
of ending the crisis soon.

"The military has brought back hope to the people with
its renewed efforts in fighting the insurgents.
"With the recent victory, I believe peace will soon be the
restored and normalcy will return,'' he said.
He commended the Federal Government for introducing
the new passport, saying its introduction had placed the
country among the best countries of the world.
"I think the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) deserves
kudos for introducing the passport.
"This has made us proud as Nigerians, because the
passport conformed to the best practices in the world,"
Shettima said.
The governor also commiserated with the NIS for losing
some of its men to insurgency in the state.
"The numerous sacrifices of your men in restoring peace
in the state will not go unnoticed.
"For those who lost their loved ones, accept our
condolence," he said.
Speaking earlier, the Borno NIS Comptroller, Alhaji
Madu Musa, said the launching of new passport was
part of government's effort in preventing fraud in the
issuance of passport.
He said the new passport was launched by President
Goodluck Jonathan on July 30, in Abuja.
"The new passport is gender-friendly; it takes care of
low income earners and the aged.
"It also accommodates frequent travellers and forestalls
identity theft,'' he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 64-
page e-passport costs N20, 000, the 32-page costs
N15,000, while the 32-page for 60 and above and
below 18 years costs N8,750.

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