Her Excellency, wife of the Taraba State Governor Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has pledged her support for the Internally displaced persons in the state.
She made this known when she paid a visit to victims of the recent attacks in Gashaka, Kurmi and Bali in which over 4,000 of them were camped at Kungana, Bali LGA.
Barr. Anna Ishaku stated that she was aware that it was not the only camp where IDPs were being camped and with time she would reach out to them all. She urged the people to desist from violence as it would not bring about meaningful development of their land but only destruction of lives and property.
She called on the elders of the communities to continue to advise the youth on the dangers of violence. She presented them with a cheque of an undisclosed sum on behalf of the Hope Afresh Foundation with which they were meant to use to buy building materials to commence rebuilding of their homes that were destroyed during the attacks.
The wife of the Governor further encouraged them to go back to their villages as the rains are around the corner and farming season will soon begin. She presented the cheque to the chairman of Ndola community, Rev. Joseph Nagombe who in response thanked Her Excellency for the gesture pointing out that there had been 6 fatalities and 7 births in the camp since the IDPs started camping in Kungana.
Her Excellency who was accompanied by wife of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mrs Lois Peter Diah also paid a visit to Sancta Maria Hospital, Bali and Specialist Hospital, Jalingo where some victims of the recent attacks were being treated among which was a three year old boy who was shot in the arm, a four year old boy also shot in the arm, and a teenage girl who watched her parents getting burnt alive. She was in the hospital for being shot twice as she was trying to rescue her sister, her cousin and a young man who was stabbed in the abdomen.
Her Excellency made monetary donations to all the victims in the Hospitals.
The CMD Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, Dr Rimande Joel Ubandoma told the Governor’s wife that the young man who had surgery is in a stable condition and his bill had been paid in full by the Government.