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Gov. Ortom urges refugee commission to be proactive

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has advised the National Commission for Refugees, Migration and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to be swift in reacting to emergencies so as to ease the effect on victims.

Ortom gave the advice on Friday in Makurdi, when a delegation of the commission, led by Mr Charles Nwanlo, Assistant Director, Migration, presented relief materials for distribution to IDPs in the state.


He lamented that the commission’s support was just coming in, two months after a report was formally submitted to it.

“The commission must be proactive; it must show more commitment to the plight of the IDPs considering its important role to their welfare,” he said.

Noting that 60 per cent of the IDPs were children, Ortom said that it was a miracle that no epidemic had been reported from any of the camps.

Ortom, however, commended the commission for sending the relief materials to the state, and thanked his colleagues that had shown deep concern to the plight of the IDPs.

He also appreciated Nigerians that had supported the anti-open grazing law and the establishment of ranches as the only solution to the persistent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen.

Earlier, Nwanlo had said that the commission was worried about the plight of the IDPs in Benue and other parts of the country, saying that the outfit was mobilising resources toward integrating and resettling them.



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