Taraba Crisis: Acting President Directs NEMA to Provide Relief Materials to Victims

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From Charles Akpeji, Jalingo

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, has direct the leadership of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to as a matter of urgency assess the situation in Mambilla Plateau of Sardauna Local Government of Taraba state and provide the much needed relief materials for the affected victims.

Osibanjo who gave the directive through the NEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commandoe Sony Ohemu, while addressing the internally displaced persons in both Gembu, the administrative headquarters of Sardauna and Ngoroje, said the relief materials have become necessary so as to cushion the effect of the crisis that recently erupted between the Mambillas and the Fulanis in the state.

Ohemu and his team were in the Mambilla Plateau to assess the level of damages heralded by the upheaval which led to massive wanton destructions of lives and properties.

The presidency, as stated by him is deeply concerned with the ugly situation that erupted in the area adding that modalities to halt future occurrences have been mapped out.

His team according to him were in the state “to assess the situation with a view to quickly providing the victims with relief materials” noting that “We are very sorry for what has happened.”

Adding that “We are all brothers and sisters hence the need for all of us to live in peace” the people as pleaded by him should bury their hatchet and embrace one another for the growth of the area, the state and country at large.”

Overwhelmed by the assessment visit, the Chief of Mambilla, Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Baju lauded federal government efforts for the show of concern and quick response to the situation adding that the traditional council is working tirelessly round the clock to prevent any form of further outbreak of unrest in the area.

The monarch also doffed his crown for NEMA for its proactive measures to reduce the suffering of the people and for taking time to visit the affected areas to assess the extent of the crisis.

On his own part, the council Chairman John B. Yep who took NEMA down the memory lane on the causes of the crisis, noted that several persons were displaced and are in desperate need of helping hands stressing that the relief materials so far provided by the state government have to be supported by NEMA ” so that smiles can again return to the faces of our people.

The crisis between the two ethnic groups of the Mambilla Plateau that have being domiciling together as brothers and sister for the past decade, as noticed Naija247news did not only led to the destructions of lives and properties but may as well has negative effect on the proposed construction of the hydro electricity power project which is at the verge of being constructed in the area by the Federal government