By Faith Igbudu
Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Dr Emmanuel Shior has called on the Federal Government to redirect the attention of over 200 humanitarian agencies in Borno State to attend to the humanitarian situation in Benue State, saying the situation is getting more critical.
A statement by the Information Officer, Charity Agber said, Shior made the call Tuesday as the agency flagged-off distribution of food and non food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and flood victims in the state.
According to him, over 2 million persons have been displaced by armed Fulani Herdsmen attacks while over 134,000 people have been badly affected in 12 local government areas of Benue State as a result of this year’s flood disaster.
Shior, however, reiterated the state Governor, Samuel Ortom’s commitment in catering for the (IDPs) in the state and solicited for more support from local and international communities.
He said the items were part of the monthly routine distribution of relief materials by Benue state government to the IDPs taking shelters in official and unofficial camps and those living in the host communities.
During the flag-off, the SEMA boss confirmed that the relief materials were meant to be distributed to the IDPs and flood victims as well.
He acknowledged the donations received from National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari through Sen. Oluremi Tinubu and some spirited individuals that have shown concern to the plight of the displaced persons in the State.
Shior said some donations have already been taken delivery to the victims, while he promised to ensure the distribution of the remaining materials.
He maintained that the Agency is still profiling farmers whose farms were affected by the flood as directed by NEMA.
Items distributed are rice, beans, garri, mosquito nets, clothes, beverages, mats and other items.