Taraba State has finally been included in the lists of states ravaged by the activities of insurgents in the northeast which will benefit from the Federal government rehabilitation and reconstruction programme.
During an interactive session with the heads of security agencies and community leaders at the EXCO chambers of the Taraba State Government House, the senate adhoc committee chairman on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and Vice President of Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, African Group, Senator Kabiru Gaya, said Taraba was included because of the massive presence of IDPs in the state.
Senator Gaya and his committee members were in the state on a fact finding mission, due to the motion presented on the floor of the senate on March 9, by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, who admonished the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, deploy special forces to flush out Boko Haram members in the state and rehabilitate those affected.
Senator Gaya, who commended Senator Bwacha for his courage in sponsoring the motion, said that from the evidence they gathered and the security reports from the Police, DSS, Civil Defense, Immigration and Prisons, Taraba State has been seriously affected by the ill activities of Boko Haram.
According to him, “Before now, nobody was talking about Taraba as one of the states affected by Boko Haram until Senator Bwacha raised the motion. With useful security reports we have gathered from security agencies and our personal visits to IDPs camps, we can attest to the level of damage done to Taraba by Boko Haram elements.”
Senator Gaya further states that, “we are convinced that senator Bwacha is truthful from his heart when he was presenting the motion. We are going to report back to the senate and certainly, Taraba will be included among states in the northeast that are going to get assistance from the federal government in terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction because of the lost of properties and other things,” he said.
The team also commended the state governor for restoring peace in the state and urged the people to support him, while pledging that the Senate would do everything possible to give traditional rulers a role in the constitution to enable them help in the fight against crime in the country.
One of the members of the visiting committee, Senator Lafiagi, also commended Senator Bwacha for taking up the matter that concerned the entire Taraba state.
He appealed to the people of the state not to play ethnic cards or petty politics with the issue of security.
“What is due to Taraba should be given to Taraba. If the people of Adamawa, Borno and others in the northeast are asking for what is due to them in terms of this problem of Boko Haram, Taraba should be given her own share too because Taraba has her own share of the crisis,” Senator Lafiagi added.
The interactive session brought about presentations and submissions of memorandum from security agencies and community leaders of the Fulani and Tiv ethnic groups, for consideration by the committee.