Benue IDPS Deserves Equally Treatment Like Those In Other Parts Of The Country- Ortom

Benue IDPS Deserves Equally Treatment Like Those In Other Parts Of The Country- Ortom

Henry Ibya, Makurdi

The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, has expressed worry that lack of concerned by the Federal Government to assist the state to ensure the self return of IDPS in the state  to their ancestral homes after many year’s of displacement, their number in the various camp’s have continued to rise on daily basis.

The Governor who made his worry public when he received a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Tuesday, at the Benue People’s House, in Makurdi, told the delegation that the figure of the IDPS had risen above 1.5 million, a situation he noted has increased hardship in the camp’s making life much more difficult.

According to Ortom, the Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPS), living in various camp’s across the state have continued to suffer untold hardship without commensurate efforts of Government at the center to ensure their safe return to their ancestral homes, a situation giving his Government  sleepless nights, arguing that as indigenes of this country, the Benue IDPS deserves equal treatment just like their counterparts else where in the country suffering the same situation.

The Governor who expressed hope that the visit by the delegation would change the story of the Benue IDPS for good while acknowledging all humanitarian partners for their efforts at providing assistance to the IDPS at different times also urged the delegation to visit all the camp’s to enable them have first hand information to be in a position to verify his claims that the number of the displaced person’s have continued to increase on daily basis.

Responding, leader of the delegation from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr. Suleiman Abubakar, said they were in the state to assess the humanitarian challenges being faced by the IDPS in the state with the view to collect data and ascertain their needs for possible intervention.

Dr. Suleiman Abubakar, who commended the governor for the efforts of his administration to stand firm in support of the vulnerable, promised that the delegation which comprised of other international agencies like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and others would visit all the camp’s to see things for themselves.

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