- Many religious leaders in Nigeria are famed for contributing their quota to the country's economic development
- One of such leaders is the Catholic Bishop of Yola, Most Reverend Dam Mamza
- The Bishop is currently building an estate for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa state
The Catholic Bishop of Yola, Most Reverend Dam Mamza, is building an estate with 86 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa state.
The news was shared by an educational books publisher and tech enthusiast on Twitter, Mr. Gbenro Adegbola.
“Most Reverend Dam Mamza, Catholic Bishop of Yola is building an 86 duplex estate for IDPs. This is almost more than the state government!
“So far 20 houses have been completed, creating job opportunities in the host community, where 90% of the workforce is from.”
As of the time of this report, the tweet has gotten almost 700 likes and over 400 retweets.
Legit.ng gathered that the Bishop is also building schools too and has converted his cathedral to an IDPs camp, where children from all religions are welcome to study.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the tweet.
Iwu Davidson Arthur wrote:
“The Bishop is a shepherd, always on ground, and knows the needs of his people. The present governor has the Abuja syndrome, he's never on ground and absent. May God bless him.”
Dr. Aloy Chife wrote:
“This is truly the work of God.”
Pita Ojonuba Pedro wrote:
“There are Bishops and there are bishops...The work of God must move.”
Okunola Akeju wrote:
“This is what Christianity all about. Sacrifice, above self.”
Obeta Max wrote:
“Shows you how much the government can do but refused to if an individual could do this. Recall that these people were once "bombed in error" by the Air Force. What happened to them since then, including their housing?”
Bonario Nnags wrote:
“May God bless his Grace Bishop. Religion of peace is not by saying it.”
In a related development, Mallpai Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has empowered about 6,000 IDPs in New Kuchingoro community in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Organisers of the event told Legit.ng that the effort was made in order to mitigate the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the displaced persons.
The foundation, founded by the wife of the Kebbi state governor, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, also engaged the IDPs with training on phone repairs, catering, making of pastries, production of soap and baby food among others.
Similarly, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, recently distributed palliatives to 5,000 persons across five IDP camps in the country.