JUKUN/TIV CRISIS: NEMA ADAMAWA/TARABA HEAD OFFICE VISITS AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN WUKARI

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From Sani Suleiman

About two thousand people have been displaced from over thirty communities in Wukari local government area of Taraba state as a result of the ungoing Jukun/Tiv communal calash.

The Security Adviser to the local government Chairman Mr. Dan’asabe Ajiduku disclosed this when he received a Federal government delegation through the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA on an assessment visit to the affected areas in the local government.

Ajiduku who described the level of damages as enormous explained that many of the victims ran away with only the clothes they were wearing and left all their belongings, adding that they are seriously in need of support.

While appreciating Taraba state government for the little assistance of food stuff to the victims some time ago through the state emergency management agency SEMA, the Security Adviser also appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to look into the plight of the UDPs.

“Initially SEMA came with food stuff but what we saw on ground cannot even satisfied the needs of the communities, but we thanked the state government for the gesture and still we are calling on them to assist more. Ajiduku said.

Dan’asabe Ajiduku however commended NEMA for their concerns and keeping up to their responsibility, adding that that since they have stepped in now he hope they will bring the assistance within short period if time to enable the IDPs have sense of belonging.

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On his part, the Director Personel Management DPM of Wukari local government Comrade Emmanuel Bala Sallah described the crisis as unfortunate, and urged both Federal and state governments to assist in rebuilding the houses of the victims and provide more Security to enable them go back and continue with their farming activities because it is a raining season.

Earlier, addressing the IDPs at the camps visited including Evenezer Primary School IDPs camp in Wukari, NEMA Head of operations in charge of Adamawa and Taraba states Abbani Garki Imam said their visit was aimed to symphatise with the people of both the two states that were affected by the communal crisis, as well as to ascertain the level of damage and lost as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He added that they were also directed to identify the basic needs of the victims in order to advise government on their immediate needs and action to be taken in reducing their suffering.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after going round the affected areas, Abbani Garki Imam of NEMA also described what he saw as a complete and total displacement, pointing out that the extent of the destruction was beyond imagination that needs the assistance of even the non governmental organizations beside governments.

According to him, shelter is one of the priority of every human being, therefore he expressed optimism that the Federal government will bring quick intervention to the affected communities as all their shelters has been completely destroyed by the miscreants.

However, in an interview with one out of the over two hundred IDPs at Evenezer Primary School Wukari Madam Tina Jorom expressed worried on their missing children as a result of the crisis and called on security to assist in searching for them, while she called on the Federal government to fulfill it’s good intention towards bringing succor to their suffering.

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According to her they are leaving in hunger as no one has come to their aids since the incident occurred on the thirteenth of this month, adding that they have lost everything to the attack, and part of the things they are lacking including food stuff, medicine, clothing, bedding, drinking water among others.

Some of the affected places visited by the NEMA team alongside representatives Wukari local government Chairman and that of Taraba SEMA Mrs. Rose Collins includes Chonku, a Village in Wukari local government area bordering Taraba and Benue states where all houses, Performance Base Financing health facility as well as primary school were burnt down recently by the miscreants among others.



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