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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Plateau Attacks: Why we are rebuilding homes of victims – Prof. Gye

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Sequel to the violent attacks that had bedeviled some communities in Plateau State over the years, a non governmental organisation, Jinkai Aid Initiative has commenced the rebuilding the houses of the victims.

It also said that the sole purpose of the organisation, started by Nigerians base in Canadians was to alleviate the sufferings of attacked communities.

Board Chairman of the organisation,  Prof. Emmanuel Gye made the disclosure on Wednesday in Jos while briefing newsmen.

He maintained that the vision was to build economically viable and thriving communities.

The Board Chairman explained that the organisation was rebuilding the communities with funding from donors and urge government and well meaning individuals partner with the NGO to support the victims to live better lives.

“We are focused currently on rebuilding the houses of the theses communities.

“On Tuesday, we were able to hand over the very first home that was built in Ancha in Miango, Bassa Local Government of the state to a widow.

“The design of the two bedroom house was done by architecture students that who part in a nationwide design competition that was judged by an international panel.

“The challenge was for them to use locally available materials and design homes that can be built by low skilled individuals and they did not disappoint” he explained.

He said that the Mrs Rahab Zakwe, the first beneficiary was selected by the entire community after the 35 year old widow chosen as the most vulnerable.

According to him, Zakwe who has four children selected the design she wanted and she was delighted to receive the keys of her home after its completion.

“In our quest to relieve the challenges of these communities, we are starting here on the Plateau with the ambition of extending theses supports and services to others parts of Nigeria have been similarly affected.

“We hope the template would be copied and replicated globally,” he added.

Speaking further, Gye said that the Organisation had trained youths in the communities on how to source local materials and build modern houses that could withstand different challenges.

He added that the youths were also equipped with marketing skills to make the self reliant.

The Board chairman advised government to start issuing land titles to ancestral land to enable beneficiaries secure properties and use them as collateral if need be.

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