The Executive Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has applauded the humanitarian gesture of the catholic bishop of Yola, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza for constructing and donating 86 units of two bedroom flats to Internally Displaced Persons in Adamawa state.
The governor made this known while commissioning the project at Sangere Marghi community in Gerei local government area of the state.
Governor Fintiri said “we are gathered to celebrate one of the outstanding humanitarian efforts in the history of our care and support as a nation. We are happy to be part of this effort to resettle our brothers and sisters that were displaced by insurgency since 2014 who had been living under the support and care of the Catholic Diocese of Yola led by Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Dami Mamza.”
The governor states that the need to assist displaced persons in the process of return to their homes or resettlement involves building and construction of needed infrastructure which necessarily includes worship centres, schools and above all houses.
“We thank the Catholic Diocese of Yola and its partners like Missio Aachen and others for successfully building the needed infrastructure in this new housing estate for the resettlement of IDPs.
“May this project be a strong launch pad and model for peace building and religious harmony in this community and the country at large where Christians and Muslims live together and care for each other,” he added.
He applauds the humanitarian works of the Catholic Diocese of Yola which is focused specifically on providing food to malnourished children and their families and ensuring that the families are supported with livelihoods options, such as poultry and backyard farming.
“They have also prioritized services to female-headed households, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, child-headed households, the elderly and people with disabilities.
“I am aware that more than one million children between the ages of six months and five years are acutely malnourished across affected areas in three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. One in five children with severe acute malnutrition and one in 15 children with moderate acute malnutrition are at risk of death if untreated,” he added.