Benue State: IDPS”s Displaced By Recent Attacks Decry Poor Conditions In Camp
Over eighty thousands people displaced by the recent attacks on Guma and Logo Local Government Area of Benue State are living under difficult conditions in five temporary camps set up by the Government.
The IDP camps are located at Tse Ginde, Guma Local Government, Anyiin, Ugba and Abeda in Logo Local Government area of the state.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria, some of the IDPs including James Mtonga, Terkaa Orbunde and Mbazan Dooior lamented the difficulties they were facing at the camps, particularly lack of water and medical facilities.
Food is also a major challenge being faced by the Internally Displaced Persons despite the release of one hundred million naira by the State Government for food items and assistance by individuals and corporate organizations.
They appealed to both the state and Federal Governments to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen farmer crisis to enable them go back to their homes and live a normal life there after.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom who visited some of the camps to assess the condition of the IDPs, assured them that they would soon go back to their houses as the Federal Government has deployed more security personnel to contain the herdsmen menace.
Governor Ortom, accompanied by some members of the executive council, lamented the condition of the camps, especially lack of water and directed immediate sinking of boreholes in each of the camps to solve the water problem.
The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Emmanuel Shior who said the agency was still witnessing influx of IDPs commended Governor Samuel Ortom and other corporate organisations for helping the agency to take care of the IDPs.
Correspondent Terna Injua who visited the IDP camps located Tse Ginde, Guma Local Government, Anyiin, Ugba and Abeda in Logo Local Government reports that apart from lack of adequate space to sleep, the IDPs lack water, health personnel and facilities and security.
BY :TERNA INJUA/MAKURDI