The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji handed over the gifts to the victims during his recent three-day working visit to the region that is largely affected by Boko Haram terrorist group atrocities.
President Paul Biya and wife preach by example. When on January 8, 2018, Paul Biya while addressing members of the diplomatic corps in Yaounde, stated that terrorism is a global menace that requires a global riposte, the President of the Republic immediately launched a humanitarian assistance collection to attenuate pain for victims of Boko Haram victims in the Far North Region as well as to support the military in the fight against the terrorist sect.
Since then, Cameroonians and friends of Cameroon contributed materially and financially towards war efforts to support the victims and the soldiers.
Since 2015, over 100 projects have been realised in the Far North Region within the framework of war efforts initiated by President Paul Biya to alleviate the sufferings of Boko Haram exactions in the Mayo Sava, Mayo Tsanaga and Logone and Chari Divisions. The projects include construction or rehabilitation of schools, boreholes, health centres. Minister Atanga Nji’s three-days working visit to the region was therefore to evaluate these projects.
Apart from evaluating the projects in two in the three affected Divisions, the Minister of Territorial Administration will also hand over humanitarian assistance to victims of recent floods in the Diamare and Mayo Tsanaga Divisions. The humanitarian assistance which consist of food stuff, toiletries, matrasses, clothing amongst others were handed to the affected populations in the two divisions by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Paul Atanga Nji in the company of the Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakary.
Coming at the threshold of a new academic year, the visit of the Minister of Territorial Administration to the Region that has been hard hit by Boko Haram atrocities, is also intended to size-up the security situation of the Region so as to take measures that will be implemented by the local administrators for a successful back to school period.
The security measures taken would also extend to the October 7 Presidential Election for a hitch-free poll in various parts of the Far North Region that still suffers from sporadic attacks from the nebulous Boko Haram attacks.
It should be noted that the government is implementing several projects in the region with over FCFA 4 billion being spent in the Basic Education sector alone. This is telling of the havoc that the Boko Haram insurgent group wreaked on Basic Education institutions in the three Divisions of the Region that were most hit.
President Paul Biya is thus determined to reconstruct not only the education sector but also the socio-economic fabric of the entire region.