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14 Jun 2018

SEMA Commends Benue SSG For Celebrating With IDPs

By: James Igbudu

The Executive Secretary State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Emmanuel Shior, has commended the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prof Tony Ijohor for celebrating his birthday with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Ijohor was a year older yesterday and took the time to celebrate with the IDPs earning accolades from the SEMA Chief Scribe.

Shior said it was pleasing to see the Benue SSG pull crowd to the camp and singled the Nigeria's Senior advocate for his services in unity with Governor Samuel Ortom for the development of Benue State.

The SEMA boss however call for united efforts in checking malnutrition in the camps.

Dorcas Ukpe, Governor Ortom's Principal Special Assistant on Food Nutrition, who has been pushing fornthr nutrition thinks if other Nigerians could emulate Ijohor, the situation of the IDPs could be improved.

The celebrant Professor Tony Ijohor SAN, said he and his wife decided to visit the IDP camp and celebrate with the displaced persons on his birthday just to prove to them that they were not left alone.

He acknowledged the efforts of Governor Ortom in catering for the displaced persons, even as he prayed God to bring an end to the herdsmen attacks on Benue communities for the displaced to return to their homes and continue with their normal activities.

He therefore called on well meaning individuals and government appointees not to tire but continue to provide assistance to the IDPs.

And Governor Ortom's wife Dr. Eunice used the occassion to warn against trafficking of displaced children for farming or business activities in parts of the country. She said anyone found culpable of such would be jailed.

She stated that it was inhuman for either parents or relations to give their children out for whatever reason, noting that government would not condone such act from anyone.

The Governor's wife while pledging her commitment to sustain the supply of boiled eggs to children in the camps to combat malnutrition among them said the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki had sent a large consignment of eggs which would soon be received and distributed to the various camps.

She congratulated Professor Ijohor on his 55th birthday, stressing that it was gratifying to celebrate with the displaced especially in their present predicament, adding that the IDPs needed love and care at this critical time.

In separate goodwill messages, representative of the Benue State Executive Council and Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Mr. Emmanuel Manger, MD BIPC, Mr. Alfred Adum, DG Radio Benue, Mrs. Espie Ushe- Uba as well as Rev. Fr. Solomon Ukeyima, all lauded the gesture of Professor Ijohor and urged the IDPs not to despair as an end to the crisis was in sight.

Speaking on behalf of the displaced persons, Mr. Torhile Tsavbee, Mrs. Esther Ancha as well as representative of the youth, all commended the Ortom-led administration for taking good care of them but appealed that security be beefed up in their communities so they could return to their homes.

Items donated to the IDPs by the celebrant with support from colleagues, friends and associates included 305 bags of rice, 522 crates of eggs, 100 cartons of Indomine, Cowbell milk, Salt and Tomato paste each as well as 50 cartons of Onga among others.
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