The Federal Government of Nigeria has made a promise to rebuild all the houses that were destroyed during the violent herdsmen-farmers’ clashes that have plagued the Southern Kaduna region in recent times. This disclosure was made by an official of the Presidential Committee on Herdsmen-Farmers after the committee observed and reported on the level of destruction in the affected communities of Southern Kaduna.
The Presidential Committee on Herdsmen-Farmers is being headed the Nigerian vice president, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. The official, who made the disclosure, Mr. James Akujobi, led the assessment committee to Southern Kaduna and he asssured the general public that the aim of the federal government was to ensure that all the victims of the southern Kaduna crises resumed their normal life as soon as possible.
Mr. Akujobi who is an executive director at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) informed that the team was in Southern Kaduna in order to assess the level of destruction that the region has seen with a view to rebuild the affected structures in the region. He was speaking to the newsmen at Kafanchan after the group had done their assessment of the town. “It is the intention of the government that all those affected by the conflicts are rehabilitated by way of rebuilding the structures destroyed so that they can come back to their homes and continue with their normal lives,” he said.
The executive secretary of the Kaduna State emergency management agency, Mr. Ben Kure appreciated the presidential team and vowed to provide all necessary assistance to the committee so that normalcy can return to Southern Kaduna as soon as possible. “As a host agency, SEMA is playing the role of providing the needed logistics that would make the work of the visiting team easier. We will assist the committee to arrive at a comprehensive and detailed assessment of the affected locations,” he said
Some indigenes of southern Kaduna have praised the federal government’s efforts towards resolving the southern Kaduna problems. The Tum Ninkyob of Kaninkon Chiefdom, Malam Tanko Tete, said that the setting up of the committee by the federal government demonstrated the administration’s concern for the people of southern Kaduna. The presidential committee plans to visit communities in Kaura, Kauru, Jema’a and Zangon Kataf local government areas including Zonkwa, Takad, Garaje, Ashim, Mifi, Kario, Dalle, Asso, and several other southern Kaduna settlements.