23rd October, 2017
Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his magnanimity and efforts in providing a livelihood to the Internally Displaced persons as well as ensuring peace and security in the North East.
The Governor made the commendation while flagging off of Distribution of items to the IDP'S at Malkohi camp being provided by the Nigerian Army.
Governor Muhammed Jibrilla appreciated the Nigerian Army for their zeal and courage in their fight against insurgency in the North East as well as maintaining peace and security in Adamawa state.
While donating the Sum of One Million Naira each on behalf of the Adamawa and Taraba states government in order to sustain the programme, the Governor also advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the items donated in order to make them self reliance in the society.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff LT.General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who was represented by the Acting GOC 3rd Division Jos Brigadier General B. I .Ahanotu explained that the Initiatives programme is One of the numerious ways by the Army in contributing it's own quota towards the development of the larger society.
The Chief of Army Staff also said that the Army will continue to partner with other stakeholders positively whenever the need arises in areas of providing security and humanitarian services.
He however expressed appreciation to Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla and his Taraba state counterpart for their immeasurable support and cooperation during the planning and execution phases of the project.
Also in his address of welcome, the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigades Yola Brigadier General Bello Abdullahi Mohammed said the empowerment initiative programme is part of the Nigerian Army's efforts in the stabilisation phase of the on-going counter Terrorism and Insurgency operations in the North East sub-region, stressing that the Nigerian Army support to humanitarian assistance and intervention was planned and facilitated in accordance with the Chief of Army Staff visions.
He explained that it is also aimed at complementing the efforts of Presidential Committee on North East Initiatives and most importantly to make Adamawa state an IDP free state.
The Brigade Commander also said that the materials donated includes Information and Communication Technology, Trade and Industry and Agriculture and Livestock, pointing out that under the ICT Computer systems, Printers,Photocopiers and Scanners ,while under Trade and Industry, Sewing machines, Hairdressing and Barbing equipments, Capentary, Vulcanizing as well as Cap making materials were also distributed.
According to the Brigade Commander the items donated in the areas of Agriculture and Livestock, the Internally Displaced persons would be empowered to start Fish farming, and Animal Husbandry with a particular attention on Cattle Rearing and Poultry services.
In a related development, Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla has laid a foundation stone for the construction of Class room Block at the Command Primary school as part of the Government efforts by declaring state of emergency on Education sector across the state.
The Governor assisted by the Secretary to the Taraba state government also commissioned Bus Stop being constructed by Brigade.