Catholic Bishop Of Yola Presents Relief Materials To IDPs

Channels Television  
Updated June 7, 2015

Stephen-Dami-Mamza on IDPsInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State in north-east Nigeria have received some relief materials from the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Stephen Dami Mamza.

The items were given to the IDPs during the Bishop’s visit to the community on Sunday.

Food materials and drugs were presented to the IDPs, with Bishop Mamza calling for the immediate reconstruction of the Dilchim Bridge located in Michika Local Government which connects northern part of the state to Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

He also urged the three tires of government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to contribute towards changing the lives of the IDPs who are trying to settle down after the Boko Haram evasion of the communities.

Presenting the items to the security forces operating in the two areas, Bishop Mamza stressed that the displaced persons seriously needed assistance that would change their lives, having been displaced for over one year.

According to him, over 85 per cent of IDPs taken refuge in Yola have gone back home, but he emphasised that their condition of living needed immediate improvement.

The clergy thanked the military for their patriotism and called on the government at all levels to make the needs of the security personnel a top priority if the war against insurgency most be won.

The Bishop also visited some parishes within his area to assess the life of the parishioners and encourage them to be prayerful, expressing optimism that peace will soon return fully.

He also inspected the devastation done to numerous Catholic Churches and schools within the two council areas and assured the people that with the restoration of peace, the Churches would be rebuilt for normal religious activities.

A resident of Bazza, who recounted the hardships of the affected communities, said the Dilchim Bridge, if not reconstructed, would greatly affect the socio economic condition of the area.