The Governor of Borno State, Hon. Kashim Shettima (second left) with Chairman, Muhammadu Indimi Foundation (MIF), Alh. (Dr) Muhammadu Indimi OFR (far right) during the flag off of the Muhammadu Indimi Village Bama at the Government House on 12 October 2017, under the Foundation’s initiative for the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs); with them are top-ranking officials and dignitaries of Borno State.

The Muhammadu Indimi Foundation, a humanitarian organisation founded by Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, the Executive Chairman of Oriental Energy Resources Limited, has announced the construction of a N600m solar-powered village consisting of 100 units of 3-room houses for persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State.

To flag off the project, more than 100 dignitaries in Borno State gathered at the Government House in Maiduguri on 12 October 2017, with His Excellency,Kashim Shettima, the Executive Governor of Borno State, as special guest of honour. Also in attendance were the Shehu of Dikwa HRH Alh. Muhammed Ibn Mustafa II Al-Amin El-Kanemi and Emir of Bama HRH Alh. Kyari Ibn Umar Al-Amin El-Kanemi. Other dignitaries included elders, the state House of Assembly members, special advisers, commissioners, service chiefs, senior special assistants and top-ranking politicians.

Situated in Bama, one of the worst hit communities in the state capital, the Muhammadu Indimi Village will provide 100 houses for 100 families. Each 3-room house has a toilet, bathroom and kitchen. The village also features 5 blocks of classrooms, a fully-equipped health centre, an open-shed market to revive lucrative trade among the inhabitants, sport facilities for the children and an incinerator.

The Muhammadu Indimi Foundation recognises the transformative power that this initiative could have on the people of Borno state. Alhaji (Dr) Indimi said, “Following the trauma the people have been through, we will spare no resource to restore hope, healing, and lay a lasting foundation for growth. It is a well-known fact that our greatest strength as a country lies in our people and our resilience in the face of numerous day-to-day challenges. Through our modest activities and initiatives, we hope to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in our communities and unlock Northern Nigeria’s potential. The Muhammadu Indimi Village Bama is one of the many steps we have taken in contributing to building better lives for our people.”

Dr. Indimi also revealed that the Foundation plans to replicate the 100-unit village in Ngala local government area of Borno state, another community where thousands of families had fled their homes and lost their means of livelihood.

“None of these resettlement solutions would be possible today, without the unflinching support of His Excellency, Hon. Kashim Shettima. The Borno state government donated the land for the housing projects in Bama and Ngala. We really appreciate the tremendous support and cooperation that we have received from the government and good people of Borno State,” Indimi said.

Speaking at the Flag Off Ceremony, the Borno state governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima said, “Alh. (Dr) Indimi OFR is undoubtedly an inspiring model of impeccable business integrity and unbounded humanitarian activities. He has continued to identify with our values, challenges and predicament. His decision to embark on a multimillionaire project of 100 units of housing for the victims in Bama is a specific case in point. The fundamental reasons Alh. (Dr) Indimi is selectively choosing both towns have to do with Bama being the worst affected LGA in Borno and he cut his business teeth in Ngala. We want to thank Alh. (Dr) Indimi for his generosity of spirit and for fiercely identifying with his people. I wish to unequivocally commend this magnanimous undertaking and commitment of the Muhammadu Indimi Foundation. We deeply appreciate the humanitarian gesture of the chairman, in the resettlement of IDPs in Borno state. Alh. (Dr) Indimi is a renowned and worthy son of Borno, indeed one of the greatest.”

The Muhammadu Indimi Village, commenced in July 2017 with locally sourced manpower. A total of 157 Borno indigenes have been actively involved in the construction. The project is being managed by Cadis Construction, an indigenous construction and real estate development company delivering specialized engineering solutions and consultancy services. The Muhammadu Indimi Village is due for completion in December.

The focus of the Foundation is purposeful and proactive investments in education, food, shelter, crisis relief, rehabilitation and empowerment. Since inception, thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and families have benefitted from these initiatives.

By Marc Philips