Fintiri inaugurates 86 Housing units built for IDPs by Church 

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa  has inaugurated 86 housing units for Internally Displaced Persons in Girei Local Government Area (LGA) in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the housing units of two bedrooms flats, were built by Most Rev. Stephen Dami Mamza, Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese.

Fintiri inaugurated the estate, with a Mosque in it,  in Sangere-Marghi  village, Girei LGA, on Monday.

The governor, commended the laudable initiative and commitment of Mamza, to serving and to promoting religious tolerance in the state.

“We are gathered to celebrate one of the humanitarian efforts in the history of care and support as a nation.

“We are happy to be part of this effort to resettle our brothers and sisters that were displaced by insurgency since 2014” Fintiri said.

In his remark, Mamza disclosed that the Catholic Diocese built the estate with the support of national and international partners.

“This is a tall dream come true since the Catholic Diocese of Yola first opened doors to host IDPs on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2014.

“This was after the collapse of some local governments in Northern Adamawa, following  Boko Haram attacks on villagers.

“At the height of the displacement in October 2014, when Mubi town and environs came under Boko Haram occupation, thousands fled into Yola and approached us for food and shelter.

“It was at this time that St. Theresa’s IDP Camp housed 4,700 persons.

“We been taking care of the IDPs for the past seven years with the little assistance we receive from our major partners.

“The Catholic Diocese of Yola, with local resources also constructed a Mosque for some of our Muslim IDPs,” Mamza said.

He appealed to government and humanitarian actors for more assistance saying that displaced persons needed to be given opportunities to be productive and self-reliant.

According to him, this will prevent the IDPs from being passive recipients of , which results in dependency syndrome.

In his remark, the Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, said that the significance of building the housing estate and the Mosque should not be lost.

“Nigerians should learn to practice religion of tolerance and love for neighbour.

“It is important that and Muslims appreciate what the Diocese of Yola has done today,” Kukah said.

The renowned cleric charged Fintiri to impress upon other northern governors on the need for synergy between government and religious leaders to love and peace in the , and the country at large.

Kukah said he would continue to pray that one day, the Muslims would reciprocate the gesture by building a Church for in the state.

NAN that many notable personalities, including Rev. Bulus Yohanna, Bishop of Kontagora Diocese, representative of Lamido of Adamawa, other clergy, government officials and , attended the event. (NAN)