Two Senators are currently visiting Taraba state to access the extent of damage caused by insurgency; including the current situation of Internally Displaced Persons. The Senators are part of an 8-man adhoc Committee on North East Development.
They are Senator Emmanuel Bwacha of Southern Taraba Senatorial district and Senator Yahaya Gaya from Kano South Senatorial district, who was also a former governor of Kano state.
The Senators met with the Executive Governor of Taraba state, Gov. Darius Ishaku yesterday Monday 14th November 2016, to inform him of their mission. Today, they visited two IDP camps in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba state. The Mutum Biyu camp and the Sabon gida camp.
The team’s delegation to Gassol included Hon. Anthony Jellason, the Secretary to the State government, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, and some top government officials.
They first stopped over at the Mutum Biyu camp where they were received by the local Government Chairman, Hon. Yahuza Yaú and some of the people of the Community. Sen. Bwacha specifically explained how the Committee will be funded by 3% of the state government’s revenue, together with other sources of funds, to finance their resettlement and empowerment.
Sen. Bwacha also encouraged the people to keep religious differences aside and live together in Peace, stressing that those who steal government money normally don’t bring religion into it; but use religion and ethnicity to cause divisions, which is most unacceptable.
Sen. Gaya who elaborated on their mission, encouraged them that their suffering will soon be over. He further went on to stress Bwacha’s popularity in the upper house, and how he never shows religious sentiments when dealing with issues.
The head of the IDP camp, Mallam Rayyanu Umar, responded by thanking the delegation for visiting them and giving them cash gifts; after enumerating the problems the IDPs are passing through to include poor living conditions, high incidence of snakes, scorpions and mosquitos, lack of education, water etc.
The Sabon gida camp also had hundreds of IDPs, most of which came from their farms, since facilities at the church camp cannot accommodate them. They also listed shortage of food, seizure of some of their farmlands by local chiefs, lack of education for their kids and poor living conditions as problems that needed urgent attention.
The people of Yangtu Special Development Area of Taraba State have described the Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku’s skills acquisition training as a dream come through.
Speaking through the Deputy Coordinator of the Area, Mrs Charity N. Andetur, and the Coordinator Mr Cephas Maiyaki disclosed that it had been their earnest desire to train women and youths in valuable skills that can make them self-reliant.
While commending the Hope Afresh Foundation’s initiative in organising the free skills acquisition training, she said that the people of Yangtu had been excited, preparing and waiting anxiously for the Foundation’s team to reach them and they have seen that her Excellency is indeed a mother to all.
Mrs Andetur disclosed that when she assumed duties as Deputy Coordinator of the Development Area, it was her prayer to at least establish ten women to be able to support their families.
This led to organising Basic Literacy Classes for three hundred women who were graduated after nine months. She described the Governor’s wife’s intervention as a dream come through for the people of Yangtu and vowed her full support for the success of the program.
In her words, “we also trained women in tailoring for nine months but lacked funds to establish them”.
Mrs Andetur emphasised that Yangtu has laid a solid foundation for the Hope Afresh Foundation to build on. Hence she appealed passionately to the Taraba State Government to remember Yangtu women and support them in the provision of sewing machines to enable the trained women to commence work.
Earlier, the Kwe Kwambai, Mr Emmanuel Adamu Ikoti in his palace commended Governor Darius Ishaku and his wife for using the little resources at their disposal to make significant development.
He was optimistic that the training would positively engage youth in his community helping to curb harmful vices and restiveness among them. Adding that the Development Area had been awaiting this for a long time.
Responding, the representative of the Governor’s wife, the Administrative Officer of the Hope Afresh Foundation, Barr. Nungrimam Dashe stated that the project is evidence that Her Excellency is committed to bequeathing women with useful skills to enable them to have food on their tables constantly.
The skills acquisition training encompasses cosmetology with an apprenticeship in welding and fabrication, tailoring and mechanics for six months. There would also be consistent monitoring by the Foundation’s staff in pursuance of the success of the project.