Returnee inhabitants of some towns in Yobe liberated from Boko-Haram insurgents have pledged to contribute a certain percentage of their harvests this year for rehabilitation of dilapidated structures in their communities.
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Residents of Bara, Bumsa and Bularafa towns of Gulani Local Government Area told the NIGERIA NEWS on Sunday that they needed to complement the efforts of the state government and non-governmental organisations to fast-track the rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction process.
Alhaji Yerima Maina, District head of Bularafa, told NAN that it was necessary for the communities to participate for normalcy to return to the affected communities.
“Our people, who are mainly farmers, have pledged to contribute their harvests for the rehabilitation of educational, health and other public projects,” he said.
Ali Musa, a farmer in Bumsa, said he had felt the impact of projects initiated by the United Nations agencies and would want to give his contribution.
“I am willing to support with a percentage of my harvests for the reconstruction of any public structure,” he said.
Usman Bukar, another farmer in Bumsa, said the collaboration between UN agencies and volunteers groups had encouraged him to give his contribution.collaboration.
“I am anticipating bumper harvests this year; am putting some percentage into community help projects,” he promised.
Mrs Mairamu Abdu, a bean cake seller in Bara, said the rehabilitation of borehole in Bara under the UN volunteer programme, had gingered her to also contribute.
“I will contribute from my little earnings to community development projects to complement government efforts in reconstruction and development of our community,” she said.
NAN reports that a clinic, borehole and drainage reconstructed under the collaborative effort between the UN volunteer program and the communities, were inaugurated on Saturday in Bumsa and Bara villages.
Mr Isiah Akuon, the UN volunteer Humanitarian crisis coordinator in Nigeria, said at the inauguration of the projects that the volunteer programme was to mobilize communities to engage in the rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructures.
“The idea is to get the communities involved in the rehabilitation, ownership and protection of public infrastructures, to serve the people optimally.
“We are pleased with the commitment of Bularafa, Bumsa and Bara communities for their commitment to the rehabilitation of public facilities,” he said.