WARRIâ€”No fewer thanÂ 28 displaced pregnant women from Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West local government of Delta State, have delivered successfully at Ogbe-Ijoh General Hospital, since the Joint Task Force on the Niger Delta sacked them from their homes in search of militants.
This was disclosed by Mrs. Hilda Dokubo Mrakpor, who received on behalf of the refugees displaced by the JTF action relief materials donated by Ijaw National Congress (INC).
Items including hundreds of bags of rice, beans, palm oil and beddings, estimated at N5 million, were donated to the refugees at their camp at Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri, Delta State.
National Secretary of the INC, Mr. Robinson Etifa, accompanied by the Nataional Treasurer, His Highness, Victor Awala, said the INC delegation was at the refugee camp to get first hand information and knowledge about the displaced persons and commended the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for its swift response to the plight of the victims, adding that the INC was also compelled to make its own contribution to alleviate their plights.
According to the INC scribe, it is the desire of the group to see their kinsmen return to their various communities to pick back the pieces of their lives.
He said that no matter how well catered for they were, they could never feel at home and called on the Federal Government to withdraw troops of the Joint Task Force from Ijaw communities in the areas and to pave the way for the speedy return of the displaced persons.
Mr. Etifa then charged the militants operating in the region to lay down their arms and embrace peace in line with the offer of amnesty by President Umar Yarâ€™Adua, noting that violence could not achieve the desired results without recourse to dialogue.
The INC delegation, which also included Chief Samson Mamamu, Chairman Western Zone, INC was told by Mrs Mrakpor that so far, 28 pregnant women had so far given birth at the temporary campÂ Ogbe-Ijoh General Hospital and thanked them for the generous donation.