Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Buhari approves N10B for Benue, others

Buhari approves N10B for Benue, others

Osinbajo disclosed this at the Abagena Internally Displaced Peoples' (IDPs) along Makurdi-Lafia road during his two-day visit to Benue State which commenced yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Benue state government has declared Tuesday, may 22 a public holiday for the mass burial of the two catholic priests, and 17 other victims of the April 2018 herdsmen attack in Mbalom community of Gwer west local government area of the state.

The Vice President assured the IDPs that government would not renege on its responsibility of providing security to them.

He stated that the president had identified three major areas of prompt action which he named as; security, rebuild and to restore back the farmland to the people. The people want to go back home.

Osinbajo also revealed that the National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the sum of N10b for the rebuilding of the areas that were affected by the Fulani herdsmen attacks.

He said "All of these must be funded; so, the President approved some money at the Food Security Council to rebuild where there have been destruction in the country including Benue". These are your rights.

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"When weeping endures for a night, joy comet in the morning, let me assure you that your morning has come and your joy has come".

He encouraged the people of the state to organize themselves to benefit from the micro credits for women and artisans as well as the Anchor-Borrowers program of the Federal Government.

In his part, Governor Samuel Ortom appreciated the federal government for the concern shown to the state since the beginning of the year when the Benue pogrom started just as he applauded President Buhari for sending additional troupes to the state to curtail the killings.

He maintained that the faves if theIDOs showed that they really wanted to return to their homes and expressed optimism that the Vice President had come with a message of hope.

Earlier, the Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Emmanuel Shior, informed the Vice President that a total of 175,070 people comprising of 80,450 children were inhabiting eight designated camps across the state while an ongoing data collection was being carried out to determine the actual numbers of displaced people taking shelter in places other than the approved camps.

He appealed for more deployments to enable the IDPs return to their ancestral homes.

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