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Adamawa IDPs stage protest against ‘wrong siting of projects’

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Adamawa State Displaced Persons (IDPs) had staged a peaceful protest, against the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), for flagging off housing projects 300 kilometers away from where they needed.

They thronged the project site, where on behalf of NEDC Governor Ahamadu Fintiri flagged-off the construction of 500 housing units in Yola-South.

Armed security operatives chased away the protesters to avoid embarrassing the visiting Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq.

Some of the protesters speaking with journalists wondered why the housing project was sited in Yola and not Mubi, Michika, Madagali or any of the seven local government areas occupied previously by Boko Haram group.

They recalled that, in 2014, Madagali, Michika, Mubi North and South, Maiha, Hong and Gombi were the seven local government areas annexed by the terrorists. Following the occupation, houses and property worth billions of naira were destroyed by the terrorists.

They lamented that, “No single house was destroyed by the terrorists group Boko Haram in Yola-South or anywhere near the state capital, why are they building houses for IDPs in a bush there?”

They also lemented that, even at that, why build houses for IDPs in this kind of bush, right at the foot of a mountain, occupied by bandits?

According to them, there were insinuations that the housing project may have been diverted for political patronage, to favor the First Lady, Aisha Buhari. 

They also claimed that, the site located on the foot of the hills of Sebore in the Yola-South local government area is located near the abandoned family farm of the First Lady.

Conscience Triumph gathered that, Sebore Hills is now a den of a notorious kidnap gang terrorizing the state, while some villagers around the Sebore area also registered their displeasure with the project, saying, “They want to further expose our area to kidnapping. As it is, kidnappers would believe a lot of money has come to our area.”

In his words, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, disclosed that, 300 houses would be built in the state capital because of immerging influx of IDPs to urban areas, adding that, the remaining 200 units would be distributed to appropriate local government areas.

The Adamawa State Government’s agency for humanitarian affairs had revealed that over 90 percent of IDPs in the state have returned to their ancestral homes.

In another development, the NEDC in company of the state governor, Ahmed Umaru Fintiri, stormed the Specialist Hospital Yola and commissioned a NEDC, but sources said for how many times would they be commissioned after been done for Ebola, Covid-19 and again NEDC?

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