29 February 2012

Nigeria: Plateau Begins Rebuilding of Villages Destroyed By Attackers

Jos The Plateau Government on Wednesday began rebuilding villages destroyed by marauders.

Gov. Jonah Jang, who laid the foundation for the building at Takwok, a village in Barkin Ladi, said that the villages would be built into modern communities "to give the people a new lease of life".

Vowing to leave a lasting legacy, Jang said that the project, an initiative of about 500 pastors and non-governmental organisations, would ensure better structures in the community.

"The new community will house 90 units of three-bedroom flats with modern road networks, clinics, schools, two churches, a modern market, conference hall, children's playground, tourist resort and security outpost camps.

"The next phase of this initiative will be to replicate the same project in Jos-East Local Government Area and we will eventually replicate it in all the 17 Local Government Areas in the state," he said.

Jang, who said that the initiative was a new dawn for all rural communities in the state, pledged to resettle similar communities that had suffered unprovoked attacks.

He said that the government would give all necessary support to the project and directed local government councils to support the initiative so as to improve the lives at the grassroots.

The governor also restated that his government would transform the state through its agricultural partnership with Israel as well as rebuilding of communities destroyed by crises.

Jang, who also performed the symbolic moulding of compressed bricks for the project, said that the brick is both fire-proof and bomb-proof.

The Coordinator of the project, Pastor Isa El-Buba, who led other clerics to the foundation-laying of the project, said that the project was being made a reality with unflinching volunteer efforts.

El-Buba, who said that the project started as a vision to better the lives of the people, expressed appreciation to God for bringing it into reality, and declared that "all things are possible with God".

Some of the women, who lost their children and husbands during the attack, commended the government for the effort to wipe away their tears.

"We thank God for giving the governor this vision to construct a modern village for we the poor and helpless widows," said Martha Chollom who lost her four children and husband in the attack.

The members of the state executive council and other top government functionaries joined Jang and other volunteers to work on the site.


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