The Federal Government has been urged to redeem it’s over the two-year-old pledge of N10 billion to rebuild states hit by herders’ attacks for seamless resettlement of displaced persons.
Executive Secretary of Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Emmanuel Shior, who made the appeal at the weekend in Makurdi, said the call followed the impending food shortage and humanitarian challenge staring at the over 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the face statewide.
Shior explained that it would be unwise for the state government to shut its eight refugee camps in the face of attacks on local farmers.
His Words: “The Benue State Government, through SEMA, is drawing the attention of the international community and the Federal Government to the impending food crisis and other challenges accompanying the continued stay of IDPs in the camps.
“You cannot continue to keep a population of over 500,000 in the camps for more than two years, and the majority of these people are farmers. It’s unfortunate that we don’t see the Federal Government talking about this challenge. It is a challenge that cannot be left to the state government alone