From left: Mr. Jude Nwauzo, Aisha Bello-Tukur, Mr. Aliyu Adamu, Mr. Hassan Tanko, all of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria AMCON; the District Head of Girei, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Mustafa, Ubandoma Adamawa; Mr. Usman Abubakar and Hiradi Malgwi when the AMCON delegation paid a courtesy visit on the District Head in Yola before the flag-off of the distribution of scholastic materials for Mainstreamed Learners donated by the corporation to seven Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, North-East Nigeria recently.

The governor of Adamawa State, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla Bindo has commended the management of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria AMCON for partnering the government and people of Adamawa State towards the provision of educational materials and other support items especially for the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in the state.

The Governor, who spoke when he played host to a team of ANCON officials who were in Yola to commence distribution of relief materials, said he was happy that AMCON’s support and partnership came at a time the Government of Adamawa State under his leadership was focusing a lot of attention on the provision of educational materials to children across the state, which he said was nearly destroyed as a result of insurgence in the North Eastern part of the country.

He said, “On behalf of the government and the good people of Adamawa State, I welcome AMCON to the Government House, Yola. We are happy to receive you and are also happy with the support you are giving to us in the area of education with the intervention you are providing in that regard. I want to let you know that we have also declared state of emergency in the education sector in the state because it was really bad when we came in but with this sort of assistance coming from your organisation and other partners such as the United States Agency International Development USAID, Education Crisis Response ECR, I want to assure you that we are moving forward.”

The items donated by AMCON, which will be distributed among seven local government areas in the state include educational materials to Mainstreamed Learners and Parents Caregivers; starter packs for small scale businesses as well as food items for displaced persons, among several others.

The District Head of Girei, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Mustafa, while speaking during the reception, also commended the management and staff of AMCON for coming to the aid of victims of insurgence and called on other well-meaning organisations in the country to do same. Dr. Mustafa who, who doubles as Ubandoma Adamawa, however flagged-off of the distribution of the materials, which was done in collaboration with the USAID – ECR, which he argued would go a long way to reassuring the beneficiaries, their families and other affected communities that all hope is not lost.

He said Girei, which AMCON chose to flag-off the exercise showed that the management of the Corporation led by its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, is in touch with history since Girei was indeed the first community in Adamawa State to accommodate thousands of IDPs.

According to him, the community gave up their schools, provided farm lands for the affected families among other supports, which helped the IDPs to settle down in the state.

He therefore thanked AMCON and the Education Crisis Response ECR team for the rare support and called on well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to continually donate to the rehabilitation of the affected individuals and rebuilding of the Northeast.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of AMCON, who was represented by a top management staff of the organisation, Mr. Usman Abubakar, who also led the AMCON team, informed that the relief items donated by AMCON would be distributed to beneficiaries across the seven local government areas of the state.

According to him, other local government areas that would join Girei include Fufore, Shelleng, Song, Numan, as well as Yola North and Yola South where over 3,000 individuals would directly benefit from the items.

He also charged the officials of ECR to ensure that the items were distributed as fast as possible so as to mitigate the sufferings of the beneficiaries.