The United Nations System in Nigeria brings succour to Benue IDPs

The United Nations have reached an agreement with the Benue State Government and key stakeholders on the best way to bring succour to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of the herdmen- farmers crisis in the State .

This resolution was reached on Monday 19 August 2019, after a meeting of the development partners and the stakeholders at the Old Banquet Hall, Benue State People's House, Makurdi.

At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed that partners will provide support to IDPs to undertake crop farming with the provision of seeds and inputs by the UN and alternative housing arrangement by the UN. The UN was assured that the Government of the State in consultation with the relevant Local Government Councils and Key Stakeholders have made land available for planting and building in five local governments.

Dr Magdalyne Dura, Special Adviser to the Governor on DeVelopment Cooperation, SDGs and NEPAD revealed that the Local Government Areas include Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande.

Meanwhile, the Tor Kwande, HRH, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer, agreed for the project funded by the United Nations Human Security Trust Fund, to proceed with the implementation and that land will be assigned to support project initiatives.

The Tor Kwande and his counterpart the Tor Lobi His Royal Highness Chief Moses Mfave Anagende appealed to the United Nations partners to continue intense talks with the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that the crisis comes to an end and that IDPs finally return to their ancestral homes. The traditional leaders of the participating Local Government Areas appreciated the Govenor of Benue State and development partners for their parliative measures but reiterated that a long lasting solution to the Fulani herdmen attacks must be pursued.

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