The Oasis Reporters
April 25, 2019
Mike Odeh James reports with
Sani Sulaiman, Jalingo
Over two thousand people have been displaced from more than thirty communities in Wukari local government area of Taraba state as a result of the ongoing Jukun/Tiv communal clash.
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 damage 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 IDPs.
“Initially SEMA came with food stuff but what we saw on ground cannot even satisfy 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 hopes that they will bring the assistance within short period of time to enable the IDPs have a sense of belonging.
On his part, the Director, Personnel 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 enough security to enable them go back and continue with their farming activities because it is the raining season.
Earlier, addressing the IDPs at the camps visited including Ebenezer Primary School IDP camp in Wukari, NEMA Head of operations in charge of Adamawa and Taraba states, Abbani Garki Imam said their visit was aimed at sympathizing with the people of the two states that were affected by the communal crisis, as well as to ascertain the level of damage and loss as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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 of topmost priority for every human being, therefore he expressed optimism that the Federal government will bring quick intervention to the affected communities as all their shelters had been completely destroyed by miscreants.
However, in an interview with one out of the over two hundred IDPs at Ebenezer Primary School, Wukari, Madam Tina Jerome, she expressed worry over their missing children as a result of the crisis and called on security agencies 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.
According to her they are living in hunger as no one has come to their aid 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 include food stuff, medicine, clothing, bedding, drinking water among others.
Some of the affected places visited by the NEMA team alongside representatives of 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, Finance houses, health facility as well as primary school were burnt down recently by the miscreants among others.