Eight years after attack, Taraba community receives help

By Suru Charles

Eight years after attack, succour has finally come to the people of Nyakwaka community in Wukari local government council of Taraba state.

The succour came from the Victims Support Fund (VSF) to mitigate the devastating effects of the 2014 attack on the community.

Speaking, the Chairman of the Fund and former Minister of Defense General Theophilus Danjuma who laid the foundation for the reconstruction of some key infrastructure in the community explained that the place was destroyed during an attack by unknown gunmen in 2014.

The intervention, according to Danjuma, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Operations and Programs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, was a full package that was aimed at restoring the hope of residents of the community and enhancing their means of livelihood.

Admitting that the effects of the “unfortunate attack on this community are indeed grave” some of the key areas of intervention, as mentioned by him, include the reconstruction of the community school, total restoration of the Nyakwaka Dispensary with an incinerator, stable solar power, and an Ambulance with full medical supplies.

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Plans to also set up maize and cassava mills as well as a mega fish pond that would house about 20,000 fingerlings in the community, he said have as well been mapped out.

“Since a lot of families have lost their livelihoods including farmers and business owners, we have decided to provide farm inputs for various categories of farmers so that they can go back to their farms,” He said.

Stressing that “most families no longer have what it takes to keep their children in schools” provisions for school bags, sandals, and writing materials for 700 profiled pupils, he said have been made.

Overwhelmed by the hands of friendship extend to the community, the village head, Chief Joshua Barau, said the community members will make the best of the intervention and will guard all the facilities with all that they have.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner of Humanitarian service, Taninga Binga, said the state government will provide the needed supervision without direct interference to make sure that all aspects of the intervention are optimally maximized.

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