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10 Sep 2017


By Asema Peter

A cross section of the  Internally Displaced Persons in Benue State today applauded Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom for swiftly coming to their aid.

Speaking with newsmen at the Makurdi Ultra Modern International Market, one of the camps designated by the state government for IDPs, the IDPs said they were overwhelmed with the show of love exhibited by the government and people of Benue as well as the  President and the government of Nigeria.

Separate in their speeches Mr. Chierse Emmanuel and Mama Lucia Ahungwa said the government has done much for them and they are grateful to Governor Ortom for his quick response to their plight.

Mama Lucia of Logo 1 area of Makurdi who is also an IDP spoke in Tiv particularly appreciated the Governor for being proactive to their demands noting that although people have diverse opinions on the quality of services at the camp, she is optimistic that the Governor has done well and whatever others are saying on the contrary she believe it was difficult to get people view situations in the same manner.

 she further stated that she was constantly given food stuffs, beddings and many other gifts saying that she was aware that those brought from NEMA are yet to be distributed.

On his part, Mr. Chierse Emmanuel, appreciated the Governor for what he described as putting his people first and said light, food, Water were supplied to the camp but appealed to the State Emergency Agency to step up their methods  and channels of distribution.

The team  also met with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Benue State Emergency Services, Honorable Vincent Amande Tsea who explained that SEMA have so far registered over five hundred households in the camp comprising of children, youths and adults.

Honorable Tsea stated that SEMA also received relief materials from NEMA, faith based organizations, NGOs, civil organizations and other spirited individuals for onward distribution to IDPS.

He dispel romours making the rounds that the IDPS were not giving relief materials saying only materials brought to various camps are meant for the IDPS as those handed to SEMA from it stores are for the entire state and a workable distribution framework will be designed to cut across the 21 local governments that are affected by the flood.

He however cautioned donors to always involve SEMA and accredited NGO's for distribution of relief materials citing an instance where materials were cart away by miscreant when faith based organization attempted to distribute her materials at the Idye village earlier today.

Tsea warned opportunist to stay clear off the camp saying anyone who is caught smuggling items out of the camp  or carrying out other onwholesome practices in the camp will be punished and sent out of the camp.


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