From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima has commissioned the Muhammadu Indimi Village for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama, and also flagged off the second phase of the resettlement initiative in Gamboru-Ngala.
The projects were donated by a Borno prominent philanthropist and business mogul, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi.
The project was constructed by Muhammadu Indimi Foundation and tagged Indimi Village.
It is a complete community with 100 solar-powered 3-room homes, clinic, school, community centre and marketplace.
Our correspondent reports that 100 previously displaced families from Bama have been selected as beneficiaries.
At least 600 children, women and men are expected to benefit from the first phase of the resettlement initiative in Bama.
Governor Shettima while commissioning the project, applauded the philanthropist for the gesture, saying he has indeed come to the rescue of the IDPs at a time they need an urgent assistance.
Shettima said the donation will go a long way in minimizing the shelter problem being faced by the IDPs, saying government alone cannot shoulder their needs.
He said government has been according priority to the alleviation of challenges of the displaced persons, hence it require support and intervention of people like Indimi.
He called on the other individuals to emulate such gesture so that people affected by the insurgency can have a normal life and feel a sense of belonging.
“Donating a community for the rehabilitation of 100 IDPs, fully equipped with clinic, school, shops and many more, is not a little achievement. It only goes to prove the purity of his intentions, depth of his selflessness, strength of his character and compassion for fellow citizens of Borno. What is particularly interesting is that Dr. Indimi founded one of the first indigenous oil and gas companies in Nigeria, Oriental Energy Resources Limited”.
“He is a job creator and spreads wealth for the stability of our nation. We are mightily proud of him, the critical interventions he has made and his lifetime commitment to the social welfare of our people,” Governor Shettima said.
One of the beneficiaries, Mohammed Mustapha who has a family of 17 and had been in Dalori camp in Maiduguri for more than 4 years, described the impact of moving to a new home. “We had forgotten what it is like to have a home again, the good life. You’ve wiped our tears. I will never forget this,” he said.
Speaking at the event, founder of the Foundation, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, revealed that the Borno Elders’ Forum had worked very closely with the Foundation to identify the one hundred families.
“People in North-East Nigeria have been through difficult times. We sympathize greatly with them. Our goal is to create and support initiatives with long-term impact. It is no small responsibility, but we will remain committed to finding sustainable, life-changing solutions for our people. The Indimi Foundation believes that our men, women and children need all the help they can get to rebuild their lives,” Dr Indimi said.
He added that in a bid to support more families, the foundation will commence construction of 100 additional houses for the resettlement of families in Gamboru-Ngala.