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Insurgency: Cleric urges action on reconstruction of N/East

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Government agencies and organisations involved in reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement in North East has been urged to expedite action to ease the suffering of affected communities.

The National President of Church of Brethren in Nigeria, Rev. Joel Billi, made the call on Friday in an interview with newsmen at Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Billi also urged the organisations, particularly the North East Development Commission, to ensure justice and fairness in the execution of its projects in the affected states.

Billi observed that reconstruction work in Adamawa was slowed, pointing out that many roads and bridges affected by insurgency in Adamawa awarded three years ago are still pending due to slow pace of work.

Billi  who also spoke on the just concluded 2020 Ministers Annual Conference of the church held in Kwarhi, said over 800 ministers of the church from across Nigeria attended the four-day event whose theme is: “Fear the Lord and Serve Him with all faithfulness”, quoted from Joshua 24.

Also speaking, the General Secretary of the Church, Rev. Daniel Mbaya, said that many of the Church structures were affected by the crisis in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, while about 16,000 of its members were still taking refuge at Minawawo refugee camp in neighbouring Cameroon.

Mbaya said that the church had reconstructed some of its affected churches in the affected states and would need government support as it strive to complete the rest in areas where peace had returned.

He lauded the resilience of the church members in the face of the insurgency which recently claimed one of its members, late Rev. Lawan Andimi, and urged them to continue to have faith in the Lord who shall surely see them through all challenges.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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