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Governor Samuel Ortom has charged the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to be proactive in attending to the welfare of displaced persons in the country.

He stated this yesterday at the Benue Peoples House while receiving a delegation from the commission on a courtesy visit led by the Assistant Director Migration, Mr. Charles Nwanelo.

Governor Ortom said the commission was not swift in responding to the plight of the displaced persons in the state, noting that visiting two months after the attacks on Benue communities was not encouraging.

He stated that more commitment was needed both on the part of field workers and the management of the commission in timely gathering of information and responding to the needs of displaced persons, stressing that those ravaging in various IDP camps could become various leaders someday.

The Governor while decrying the influx of thousands of herdsmen and their cattle into the state in recent times said the commission could also play a key role in ensuring an end to the crisis, noting that his concern was for the displaced persons to return to their homes as soon as possible.

He further lamented the pains the displaced persons were going through including deaths, disclosing that early this week, a trailer crushed five internally displaced persons taking refuge at Abagena IDP camp to death.

While commending the church, corporate organizations and public spirited individuals for their show of concern to the plight of the displaced, Governor Ortom said he was happy that Nigerians had keyed into the idea of ranching and hoped that the challenge would be over soon.

Earlier, leader of the delegation, Mr. Charles Nwanelo while empathising with the Governor over the January massacre of Benue indigenes said they were in the state to flag-off the distribution of care and maintenance materials to the displaced persons.

He said the commission was mobilising resources for economic empowerment programmes for the displaced as part of reintegration process for Persons Of Concern, POC.

Source: Benue State News

Author: Alexander Mezue

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