The foundation stone laying for the building of a housing unit for the eighty-six households of the internally displaced persons (IDPS) was performed today Monday, the 27th day of January 2020 by Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the catholic diocese of Yola. The ceremony took place in Jabbi Lamba in Girei Local Government Area.
Recall that Missio delegation visited Yola diocese last week and promised to continue to partner with the diocese in its effort to alleviate the situations of the of those displaced by Boko Haram.
Today’s ceremony is thus a response to this promise. During the ceremony, Bishop Dami said that building the housing unit by the church is to assist the internally displaced persons who have been camping for over five years with the church so that they can settle down permanently.
The Catholic Bishop pointed out that the villages of the targeted persons are still unsafe due to the activities of boko haram. “It is my hope and prayers that before the next rainy season the IDPs will be relocated to the housing unit to be built.”
Speaking at the occasion, the ward head of the area Mallam Dauda Tizhe thanked Bishop Mamza for intervening on the plight of the internally displaced persons and called on people in the community to co-exist peacefully.
Bishop Dami Mamza who described Missio “as the strongest partners that have been supporting Yola Diocese for the past fifty years” and appealed to individuals and organisations “to support the church to enable it complete the project in time.”
“The work will cover forty-three blocks of eighty-six semi-detached housing unit. And we will try to see to it that we meet our target of completing the project before the next rainy season” according to Mr. Christian Ileagu, the contractor handling the project.
Yola Diocese has been camping and assisting the displaced persons since the start of the insurgency five years ago.