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FG Commence Construction of IDP Camps In Benue

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 8:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka,  Makurdi


The Federal Government has commenced work on the construction of camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue State, just as the state governor, Gabriel Suswam, commended the FG for the action.

The governor who spoke    while playing host to the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR) in Makurdi on Friday noted that the development would mitigate the sufferings of IDPs in the state.

Represented at the occasion by his deputy, Steve Lawani, Suswam explained that the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government assisted the state government greatly during the 2012 flood disaster which destroyed lives and property.

Suswam explained that; “For most of us, it was the first time in our lives to witness the heavy overflow of River Benue and its devastating effect on the people.”

According to him, “We had our own share of the flood disaster that visited 22 states in Nigeria”,

He observed that “Though we were on hand in performing our responsibility to the people the Federal Government assisted the state with a lot of relief materials and funds to mitigate the hardship of the IDPs in the state.”

Suswam also pledged to cooperate with the committee for the purpose of ensuring the success of the project in the state.

Speaking at the occasion, the leader of the delegation, PCFRR, John Owoicho, stated that the committee was constructing two blocks for the IDPs and explained that the camp would also house other facilities such as administrative block, mini warehouse and a clinic.

He said “The project which would cost N300 million would be funded by the committee and is going on across 22 states”.

“We are going to construct two blocks for the male and female persons respectively. We also have an administration block, clinic, warehouse, generator room among other facilities.

He however explained that the benefiting states would provide the land needed for the project.