Benue State Gets A fully Constructed IDP Camp
The IDP camp built in Agan, Makurdi Local Government by the Presidential Committee on Flood and Rehabilitation has been temporarily handed over to the Benue State Government for use by the victims of herdsmen attacks.
At the Ceremony, the Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said although work on the facility was yet to be completed, there was the compelling need to give it out so that thousands of IDPs can get accommodation.
Represented by an official of the committee, Mr. John Owoicho, Alhaji Dangote stated that as soon as the IDPs vacate the place, work on it including landscaping, building of a clinic and provision of addition overhead tank would be completed for it to be officially handed over.
While condoling the Government and people of Benue over the herdsmen attacks that have forced thousands of people out of their homes, Alhaji Dangote expressed the hope that security agencies would soon contain the crisis for the IDPs to go back to their normal lives.
Receiving the facility, Governor Samuel Ortom thanked the Presidential Committee on Flood and Rehabilitation for considering the plight of the displaced persons by given up the camp even before its completion and assured that the place would be well maintained.
Governor Ortom expressed the optimism that the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state on Monday would rekindle the hope of the people on the end of the attacks and ensure security is strengthened in the affected communities for the people to return to their homes.
The Governor appreciated Non Governmental and Faith Based organisations for the services they have been rendering to the IDPs such as provision of medical facilities and school and called on others with the resources to also assist.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency, Management Agency, Mr. Emmanuel Shior said the camp was accommodating over thirty four thousand people out of which over sixteen thousand were children.
BY TERNA INJUA/MAKURDI