The illegal arms recovery initiative of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has excited the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees.
Country Representative of the Commission, Angele Dikongue-Atangana expressed the excitement today when she visited the Governor at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.
She stated that if the initiative succeeded it would curb the incidence of communal violence and reduce cases of internally displaced persons and refugees.
The representative commended the people of Benue State for hosting refugees from Cameroon and taking care of them until they returned to their country.
Mrs. Atangana had told the Governor that they built over 200 houses for the IDP’s in the State, provided relief materials to them along with victims of floods and sued for a more robust collaboration with the state government to achieve more.
In his response Governor Ortom expressed the commitment of his administration to sustain partnership and donor agencies and development partners.
He stated that as a demonstration of this commitment he included N5 billion in a supplementary budget he submitted to the House of Assembly for approval to enable him pay counterpart funding demanded by the partners.
Governor Ortom restated the commitment of his administration to ensure peace and stability in the state and noted that it was in the light of this that he had granted amnesty to those willing to submit illegal arms as well as held meetings with relevant security operatives among others.
According to him at the end of the expiration of the amnesty on the last day of August, 2015, security agents would go after those who possess illegal arms and recover them.
The Governor who acknowledged efforts by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees for providing shelter and relief materials for internally displaced persons in the state, commended the Commission for the assistance and assured that government would continue to collaborate with the commission to implement more of its programs.
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