YOLA/By Tom Garba – Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa state called for more action on the Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (3Rs) programme in North East.
Bindow made the call while fielding questions from newsmen in Yola.
He observed that the 3Rs process was slow particularly in Adamawa where over 90 per cent of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had left camps for their respective communities.
“To be honest, most of our Adamawa IDPs had left camps for home and not much has been done to rehabilitate and reconstruct their areas.
“Our major problem now in the insurgency affected areas is that of damaged bridges that is seriously affecting movement of people and goods.
“The bridge project is a big work that the state cannot handle without help from the Federal Government, and I want to appeal to companies given contracts for the job to expedite action,” Bindow said.
The governor, who wished Adamawa people a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration, said reports reaching him so far showed that the celebration has been peaceful across the state.
Also speaking on the issue, Sen. Binta Masi of the affected Adamawa North Senatorial District expressed optimism that something would be done soon as the bridges had been captured in the budget.
Masi lauded the ongoing house-to-house distribution of foodstuff to returnees in the areas by federal government.
However, she appealed to government to extend the support to cover farm inputs particularly fertiliser, which she said is too costly in the open market, for the returnees to afford.
Seven local government areas of Madagali, Michika, Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South, Gombi and Hong are the worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa.