<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom has assured Internally Displaced Persons taking refuge in various camps across the state that government would continue to accord priority to their welfare.
He gave the assurance yesterday during an assessment tour of IDP camps in Guma and Logo local government areas.
The Governor said he doesn’t sleep well due to the sufferings of those in the camps especially the aged and children who now have limited access to formal education.
He stated that the IDPs were not forgotten and that everything was being done to bring peace to the deserted communities for the displaced persons to return to their homes.
Governor Ortom however noted that open grazing in the state was a violation of the laws of the land and offenders must be apprehended and prosecuted, stressing that various arrests and prosecution were going on in that regard.
He acknowledged the relentless efforts of security agents in confronting the invaders as well as the support of some of his colleagues, public spirited individuals, churches, organizations, donor agencies among others towards the upkeep of the IDPs and prayed that issues of displacement of Benue people should not occur again.
Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Emmanuel Shior, in a remark, expressed appreciation to the Governor for the keen attention he had given to the welfare of IDPs and assured that staff of the agency would offer their best in implementing the governor’s mandate.
Some of the displaced persons who spoke during the tour including Gabriel Aondoaver, Dinah Fater, Oliver Apeibee and Lucy Gowon among others, appreciated Governor Ortom for taking good care of them but appealed for intensified efforts to ensure they return to their homes.
In his sermon in the camps, Pastor Tom Igya urged the IDPs to reconcile with God and trust in Him, adding that He was capable of scattering the camp of the enemies forever.
During the tour, Governor Ortom distributed boiled eggs to children in the camps which is an initiative of his wife, Dr. Mrs. Eunice Ortom to fight malnutrition among displaced children.