Donors Urged To Channel Interventions For IDPs Through BSEMA

Donors Urged To Channel Interventions For IDPs Through BSEMA

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Philanthropists and humanitarian organizations partnering Benue State Government, to render critical services to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the state has been advised to channel their interventions meant to assist the IDPs through the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, BSEMA, to ensure fair and equitable distribution to the beneficiaries.

Executive Secretary Benue State Emergency Management Agency, BSEMA, Dr Emmanuel Shior gave the advice yesterday during an interview with journalists at this month’s distribution of 3,000 bags of 25kg rice, 2,000 bags of maize and 1,000 cartons of noddles to Internally Displaced Person’s, IDPs, held at BSEMA headquarters in Makurdi.

He explained that the appeal and clarification became necessary in order to douse down tension arising from IDP camps regarding speculations on social media platforms that the minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Governmental Affairs Senator George Akume recently donated food items to IDPs in the state.

According to the Executive Secretary BSEMA, such speculations regarding the target audience which is vulnerable in nature were capable of pitching the agency against IDPs, especially as they were made to believe that food items were given to them but such food items were not seeing by the agency, pointing out that the clarification became possible to clear insinuations capable of creating bad blood between Government and the IDPs and stated that no such items were received by the Agency.

Dr Shior who said Government has been catering for the IDPs in all the camps across the state since the outbreak of humanitarian crises in 2018 through supply of food and non food items such as health care services, and security restated Government commitment towards continued support to the IDPs, but reminded that it was not the intention of the Government to keep the IDPs in camps for such a long time.

He pointed out that the situation has persisted due to continued attacks on more communities assuring the IDPs that Government would continue with its humanitarian services until normalcy returns to affected communities, disclosing that the July distribution has included IDPs from Okpokwu LGA,who were recently displaced by suspected herdsmen.

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