“Relief is on the horizon for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Borno State as the Muhammadu Indimi Foundation, a humanitarian organisation founded by the Executive Chairman of Oriental Energy Resources Limited, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, is to build a N600 million solar-powered village of 100 units of 3-room houses for those displaced by Boko Haram in the state.”- The Nation
The project is located in Bama, one of the worst-hit communities in Maiduguri.
Other features include five blocks of classrooms, a fully-equipped health centre, an open-shed market, to revive trading among the inhabitants, sport facilities for children and an incinerator.
At the flag-off of construction works, Idimi said: “Following the trauma the people have been through, we will spare no resource to restore hope, healing, and lay a lasting foundation for growth. It is a well-known fact that our greatest strength as a country lies in our people and our resilience in the face of numerous day-to-day challenges. Through our modest activities and initiatives, we hope to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in our communities and unlock Northern Nigeria’s potential. The Muhammadu Indimi Village Bama is one of the many steps we have taken in contributing to building better lives for our people.”
He also revealed that the foundation planned to replicate the 100-unit “Idimi Village” in Ngala Local Government Area, another community where thousands of families fled their homes and lost their means of livelihood.
He thanked Governor Kashim Shettima for his support for the project, especially for donating the land in Bama and Ngala.
Shettima praised the donor for his gesture, describing him as “an inspiring model of impeccable business integrity and unbounded humanitarian activities, who has continued to identify with our values, challenges and predicament.
“We want to thank Alhaji Indimi for his generosity of spirit and for fiercely identifying with his people. I wish to unequivocally commend this magnanimous undertaking and commitment of the Muhammadu Indimi Foundation. We deeply appreciate the humanitarian gesture of the chairman, in the resettlement of IDPs in Borno State. Alhaji Indimi is a renowned and worthy son of Borno, indeed one of the greatest,” the governor said.
The Muhammadu Indimi Village is due for completion in December. The focus of the Foundation is purposeful and proactive investments in education, food, shelter, crisis relief, rehabilitation and empowerment. Since inception, thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and families have benefitted from these initiatives.
Source: The Nation