The Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Engr Martins Babale has stated that Governor Bindow’s administration is conscious of the importance of shelter in the protection of the most vulnerable segment of Adamawa state.
He stated this at the handing over of permanent shelter built by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Maiha Local Government Area.
“Displaced persons anywhere are people who require our empathy and protection,” the deputy governor said, further expressing gratitude to the UNHCR for what he called a “timely intervention and for several others, including the access to justice project.”
He finally charged the beneficiaries of the permanent shelter in Maiha alongside their host community to live in peace and harmony.
“We want this new community here in Maiha to be an example of peaceful coexistence among brothers and sisters who found themselves living together due to circumstances beyond their control,” Engr Babale added.
On his part, the UN Representative at the handing over, Antonio Jose Canhandula noted that lack of adequate shelter not only denies a family of the physical protection required but creates an environment devoid of safety and dignity.
Mr. Canhandula further observed that the return from displacement in Adamawa state was peculiar in nature, “considering the fact that whilst the federal, state and humanitarian actors were planning on facilitated return, displaced persons on their own accord returned spontaneously en-masse to their place of habitual residence from camps and communities without support.”
The UN representative assured the deputy governor that the beneficiaries for the completed 60 housing units two bedroom permanent shelter were selected through a rigorous screening process overseen by local and state officials targeting the most vulnerable returnee families.
“This is to ensure the sustainability of the return in an enabling environment supported with WASH components, standard FNI packages for which 100 kits have been allocated for the housing beneficiaries and host families including safe space for children,” Mr. Canhandula added.