His Excellency Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku today provided succour to the affected victims of the 2017 crisis on the Mambilla Plateau.
The event took place in Muhammadu Mansur stadium in Gembu town and brought together dignitaries from all parts of the state, he was accompanied by His Deputy Engr. Haruna Manu, Speaker Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, SSG Anthony Jellasson and other top government functionaries.
Governor Ishaku said today is a significant day for him because the people of Mambilla have decided to put away their swords and embrace peace which brings normalcy to lives in the area and those affected will begin to build a new life.
He said whenever any life is lost he feels so devasted because every soul in Taraba is precious to him. He observed a minutes silence for those who lost their lives during the crisis.
The Governor said because of the magnitude of the crisis, the committee he set up had to go as far as using drone technology in order to ascertain the actual damage.
Governor Darius said after verification a total of 264 people were killed and not 1000 in number as earlier speculated on the media. He said alot of properties were damaged from the reports of the committee.
He urged them to always clarify with the security apparatus and verified outfits in getting the authenticity of information.
The Governor said he wasn’t in Gembu to offer compensation but to provide assistance for the victims to enable them start up a new living.
Ishaku stated the donation of the 50million Naira given by Alh. Aliko Dangote and together with stakeholders have decided to build a primary health care to be named Aliko Dangote PHC as a sign of respect to the man who Remembered them in the days of trail.
The Governor used the medium to call on all those living on the plateau to embrace peace and look at one another as brothers and sisters so that there will be a better life for even the unborn generations.
He said Mambilla will be a place to be admired by even the international Commitee if peace is given a chance to grow.
Cheques of 310 million Naira were given to the victims by the Executive Governor with each beneficiary getting 1 million Naira and Above.