The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Saturday distributed relief materials to 2100 victims of recent communal crises in some parts of southern Taraba.
Mr Habib Mustafa, Director-General of the Agency, while inaugurating the distribution in Takum said that the Federal Government was committed to alleviating the hardship of the people affected by crises.
Mustafa, who was represented by Mr Ladan Ayuba, Head of Operations, NEMA, Adamawa/Taraba Office said that the agency deemed it necessary to provide both food and non food items to cushion the effect of communal crises on the people.
According to him, the gesture was aimed at bringing succour to the beneficiaries who had been displaced in recent communal crises in this area.
The director-general further explained that the 2100 direct beneficiaries comprised 350 households, covering affected local government areas of Donga, Takum and Ussa, as well as Yangtu Development Area.
Mustafa said,” funds which would have been used for other meaningful developmental projects for the people were been diverted by the government for the provision of relief items for victims of inter-tribal conflicts.”
He appealed to the affected communities to live in peace with one another.
Chairman of Takum Local Government, Mr Shiban Tikari, who spoke on behalf of other councils said that peace had returned to the affected communities commended the Federal Government for its kind gesture.
He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the items, especially, using the building materials for their resettlement.
Mr Philip Nzuwe, one of the beneficiaries, who hailed from Takum Local Government, thanked the Federal Government for the invaluable gesture.
Nzuwe also lauded NEMA officials for the transparent distribution of the items.
Mrs Hanatu Gimba, another beneficiary from Donga said that the items would go along way in alleviating their hardship.
Some of the items distributed were rice, beans, maize, vegetable oil and tomato pastes, roofing sheets, ceiling and nails, among others.