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Benue Govt to secure refugee camp

The Benue State Government has pledged to provide adequate security at the refugee’s camps in Kwande Local Government area housing people displaced from Cameroon.

Governor Samuel Ortom made the pledged today when he received two vehicles from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR.

He expressed worry over the encroachment of the Refugees Camps by hoodlums and directed the Executive Secretary of SEMA and his security Adviser to ensure that security men are drafted there to make the camps safer.

The Governor promised to collaborate with the UNHCR to ensure that everything necessary is done to provide the refugees with minimum comfort and thanked the UN body for showing passion over the plight of the IDPs.

He lamented that Government was still grappling with the challenge of catering for thousands of displaced people taking shelter in various as a result of the herdsmen attacks eight months after with killings still going on.

Governor Ortom said Government was also planning to open addition camps following the displacement of people by flood adding that although people living along flood prone areas refused to heed advice to relocate to safer grounds, it was still the responsibility of Government to provide shelter for them.

Earlier while donating the vehicles, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, Nigeria and ECOWAS representative, Mr. Antonio Kanhandula said the gesture is to work with the Government in taking care of the IDPs.

Mr. Kanhandula who stated that one of the vehicles is for the Cameroonian refugees and the other for the Internally Displaced Persons appealed that the vehicles be used for the purposes they are meant to serve.

Injua Tarna

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