The Chairman of the Assessment Committee setup by the Taraba state Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku to holistically look at the magnitude of lives lost, damages to houses, property and animals on Saturday concluded their assignment and is ready to submit its report to government.
This was disclosed to journalists on Monday in Jalingo by the Chairman of the Assessment Committee, Amb. Emmanuel Njiwah saying that the numbers of people killed, houses destroyed and other losses covering money, animals and farmlands were over exaggerated by the media, particularly the social and the international media.
He commended the state Governor, Darius Ishaku for promptly intervening in the two crises and commencing proper reconciliation and the reintegration of the people so that they could go about their normal businesses and putting the past behind and forging ahead to making Sardauna one of the best tourists destination in the country.
The former Amb. To the republic of Cameroon stated that they have been mandated by Governor Ishaku to discretely take number of persons that died during the ethnic unrest, damages and losses with a view to cushioning the hardships of the affected victims and to also initiate policies and programmes that would permanently bring to an end this kind of rift in the Mambila Plateau.
Emmanuel Njiwah pointed out that in order to ensure the success and credibility of the exercise, distinguished personalities that have served both the state and federal governments in various capacities have been carefully selected cutting across the state three geopolitical zones to ensure fair representation, justice, sincerity and proper cohesion at all times.
Others that formed part of the committee were indigenes of Sardauna local government area, which included the Mambila, Fulani, Kaka, Kambu and Panso tribes and some civil servants, positing that all of them were people of high integrity and will sincerely submit to the Governor accurate statistics of all their assessments.
The committee Chairman remarked that, what Governor Ishaku requires in Mambila is a greater cohesion among the ethnic nationalities in the plateau and averred that the tribes have all seen the ugly sides of restiveness considering the enormity of damages they have inflicted on themselves, just because they all failed to embark on constructive dialogue.
He called on the both Federal and state government to initiate policies and programmes that would engage the people positively considering the vast potentials that area is enormously blessed with and thanked Governor Ishaku for his love for the people of Sardauna local area area and equally appreciated all the tribes in the plateau for the support the accorded the assessment committee which culminated into the success of the exercise.
The assessment committee visited all the affected areas in all the three constituencies, Gembu, Nguroje and Mbamga.