In an attempt to ameliorate the sufferings of victims of communal clashes in Takum local government area of Taraba state, Gov. Darius Dickson Ishaku donated relief materials to victims through the Taraba state Emergency Management Agency(SEMA)
The relief materials were received by the Caretaker Chairman of Takum local government council, Hon. Shiban Tikari who said it takes a leader with the thought of the people like Gov. Ishaku to ensure that traumatised persons are given hope through succor.
“The effort of the Governor to ensure that normalcy returns to the affected areas in Takum through deployment of security apparatus and constitution of reconciliation committee composed of Tiv and Jukun stakeholders is a panacea to building a lasting peaceful coexistence between the warring factions.”
“The committee has indeed helped in laying strong peace foundation despite forces of the enemies who are hell bent on thwarting it for their selfish and political reasons”, Shiban added.
“As you can this crisis has not helped Tiv nor Jukun but reduced us to refugees in our homes.
“Just imagine how we can’t go freely back to our farm even as the rain approaches. I hereby want to urge all of you to put behind your differences and coexist peacefully with each other.”
“Don’t allow your tribesmen whose aim is to use you and your children to score cheap political points by inciting you against your neighbors continue to deceive you.”
“Let’s continue to support the Governor in his ongoing peace process so as to achieve more of his Rescue Agenda”, Shiban reiterated.”
In a swift response, the Permanent Secretary, Taraba state Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Nuvalga DanHabu said the attention of their plight was captured by the Agency through briefs being sent to the Governor by the Chairman.
He further admonished the affected persons to always subscribe to every peace building initiative developed by the Ishaku-led government because it is a government that prioritises peace and that without peace there would be no development.
In his words,
“The only solution to this problem is to always support the Governor to build peace in Taraba. We can’t benefit from any development, be it infrastructure or human empowerment if we don’t live peacefully with ourselves.”
“The beneficiaries of the relief materials should utilise it. The food items should be shared evenly to ensure that it gets to everyone”, DanHabu added.
The relief materials delivered consist of food items such as bags of maize, cassava flour and rice. Others were cartons of maggi, jericans of palm oil alongside clothes, blankets, mattresses and mats.
Barr. Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku; CEO/Founder Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba.
Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba (HAFT) in collaboration with her development partner, the Comptroller General of Custom, Mr. Hameed Ali, who was represented by DSC Ikpi Kadiri Angulu today distributed relief materials to the various internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the state.
The CEO and founder of Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba Barr. (Mrs) Anna Ishaku, Wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba state presided over the ceremony today at Jalingo at the premises of the foundation.
Barr. Anna Ishaku noted that it was truly delightful for the Nigerian Custom Services to have deemed it necessary to join hands with her foundation in providing relief materials to IDPs of the state inclusive of orphans and refugees.
She expressed that the harsh reality of IDPs in the state should not be celebrated state of affairs but rather everyone should hope to see the end of it one day and rejoice for people to finally be back safe in their respective homes.
According to her,
“The present status of being a refugee or displaced person should not be embraced as a permanent solution because going back and resettling to your various homes is the ultimate solution for the livelihood of every person of the society”.
Earlier, the Project Manager (HAFT), Mrs. Helen Douglas explained that the relief materials is to cushion the hardship facing the IDPs who fled their ancestral homes as a result of either communal clash between farmers and herders or the Fulani and Kona crisis. She urged the beneficiaries to cherish the kind gesture of the Comptroller General of Customs and Her Excellency for having a collection purpose of putting smiles on the downtrodden in the society.
Presentation of the relief materials was chaired by Her Excellency, Barr. Anna Ishaku to beneficiaries from IDPs in Jalingo, Lau, Donga and Wukari Local Government Areas together with orphanage homes.
Her Excellency and the Commissioner for Women Affairs giving out gifts to vulnerable groups
Wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has called on well to do widows in the State to join hands with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development in the annual provision of gifts to vulnerable groups to improve their Christmas celebration.
She made the call today while addressing physically challenged persons, orphans, widows and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the annual distribution of food and clothing items to these groups by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development at their premises in Jalingo.
Barr. Anna Darius prayed that God grant members of these groups strength and courage to keep providing for their families and wished them Merry Christmas celebration.
Barr. Anna Ishaku
Meanwhile, Mrs. Lois Emmanuel, the Commissioner of the Ministry, stated that the food items and clothing materials are distributed based on provision by the Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku to support the groups to celebrate the Christmas and end of the year in a happier mood in these difficult times.
She commended the Governor and his Wife for their continuous support given to all the vulnerable groups in the State through the Ministry and called on citizens to pray more for the First Family of the State.