By Peter Duru, Makurdi
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has donated relief materials to victims of herdsmen crisis in parts of Benue state and also simultaneously commenced the training of women displaced by the crisis in various arts and craft.
Making the donation at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Daudu, Guma local government area, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Benue State, Dr. Netawe Yilwatda, said the gesture was the commissioner’s little way of lending a hand to the needy.
Yilwatda said, “It is a known fact that these displaced persons are in dire need of all the help they can get, that is why we have decided to bring our little support to encourage them.
“We are also training the women in various arts and craft so that their stay in the camp can be put to good use and when they eventually return home they can start businesses of the own.
“Recall that we had earlier distributed learning materials to the children to also help them study while in the camp. All these are intended to encourage everyone to be useful to him or herself.
Receiving the materials, the Chairman of Guma local government area, Mr. Anthony Shawon, who lauded INEC for identifying with the victims of the crisis in the state, enjoined other well-meaning organisations to emulate the electoral body.
Representative of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Angela Omerigbe, commended INEC for initiating the arts and craft programme and donations stressing that it all came timely.
Among items donated to the IDPs were bags of corn, rice, garri, salt, beverages and some non-food items.