From Scholastica Hir, Makurdi

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) has distributed food and non-food items to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Benue state for the month of May.

Speaking to newsmen at SEMA secretariat in Makurdi on Wednesday during the distribution, Executive Secretary, Sir James Iorpuu the event underscores Governor Hyacinth Alia’s unwavering commitment to alleviating the suffering of those who have been uprooted from their homes and are currently residing in IDP camps across Benue State.

He appreciation to the United Nations agencies for their relentless support and invaluable contributions towards improving the living conditions of the IDPs.

“A special mention goes to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for deploying seven of their critical sectors in our state. Their efforts in camp coordination and camp management, shelter and non-food items, livelihood, water and sanitation, and transitional recovery have been instrumental in ensuring that our IDPs receive the necessary assistance and support.

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“We also extend our gratitude to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Plan International. Your continuous support and resources have made a significant impact in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by our IDPs.

“Your contributions in providing essential services, enhancing protection, and promoting sustainable development are deeply appreciated.”

Iorpuu assured the IDPs that their plight is at the forefront of Benue-SEMA and they are committed to working tirelessly to secure the resources and support needed to improve your living conditions and to facilitate their eventual return to their ancestral homes.

Items distributed to the IDPs include 2440 bags of 25kg rice, 729 bags of beans, 160 bags of garri, 1520 cartons of noodles, 175 gallons of groundnut oil, 157 gallons of red oil, 905 cartons of Maggi, 185 bags of salt and 60 bags of sugar.

Iorpuu also commended SEMA staff for their solidarity and support which are the pillars upon which they have built the humanitarian efforts and encouraged them to keep up the good work to enable them overcome the challenges and pave the way for a brighter future for all our displaced persons in the state.


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