The Mohammed Indimi Foundation on Tuesday donated 200 housing units to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama and Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Areas of Borno, to accelerate rehabilitation and resettlement of persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency.
Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Chairman of the Foundation, made the disclosure at the inauguration of the projects at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Indimi disclosed that construction work of 100 units of residential homes in Bama had been completed, while work had commenced on another set of 100 houses at Gamboru-Ngala.
He explained that the Foundation focused on the improvement of quality education, healthcare delivery, provision of food and shelter for communities ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.
Indimi said: “I am happy to announce that construction of 100 houses, which started last year in Bama has been completed. We are here today to flag off construction of another set of 100 houses for displaced persons at Ngala.
“Ngala is dear to my heart because I started my business there. I rode bicycle from Maiduguri to Ngala, many times I trekked for about 30 days just to go to Ngala and do my business.”
The chairman noted that the gesture was to complement government’s effort to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency.
According to him, the foundation had so far provided support to over 100, 000 IDPs under its poverty alleviation programme.
Indimi revealed that the foundation distributed relief materials such as food items and consumables to displaced persons in camps and host communities.
“The foundation equally donated N200 million to Adamawa State Government to facilitate reconstruction of houses vandalized by the insurgents and provided scholarship to about 2, 000 students for overseas study programmes.
“We initiated a scholarship scheme to facilitate admission of students from the affected states at the International University of Africa, Sudan,” he added.
Also commenting, Gov. Kashim Shettima, lauded the gesture, adding that it would go a long way to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced persons, and fast-track resettlement and peacebuilding process in the state.
Shettima said that Idimi had in 2014, donated 5 million dollars to the Federal Government’s Social and Reintegration programme.
He noted that such contributions by the foundation and other stakeholders were utilized to execute the Victims Support Fund (VSF) programmes in the northeast.
Malam Babagana Muhammad, one of the beneficiaries, commended the foundation for the construction and rehabilitation of residential quarters destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the region.