By Faith Igbudu
Benue State Government has appealed to the Federal Government (FG) to step up security efforts in the state, to allow for the return of Benue Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes to resume farming.
Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom made the appeal during the recent flag-off and distribution of food and non-food items, brought by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) at Ukpiam IDPs Camp where the IDPs in Daudu Camp 2 were recently relocated.
According to him, the federal government’s agricultural policy aimed at enhancing food security will be defeated, if the IDPs in Benue who are farmers do not return to their ancestral homes to carry out their normal farming activities.
The governor who was represented by the Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Emmanuel Shior, however, appreciated the federal government’s gesture, assuring them of transparency in the distribution of the relief materials to the people of concern.
He also urged the host community to cooperate with IDPs and the camp officials for the smooth running of the camp.
Earlier, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFMI), Senator Basheed Garba Mohammed, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Health Procurement, Mr Simeon Omachoko, while performing the flag off said, the items donated was federal government’s support to the displaced persons in Benue State.
He stated that the FG will continue to work in collaboration with Benue State to ensure that the IDPs are provided with the necessary support.
In a remark, Member, representing Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency, Bem Benjamin Mzondu, represented by his Senior Legislative Aide, Barr George Unongo, appreciated the federal government for coming to the aid of Benue IDPs and called for improvement in security by the Federal Government.