The Federal Government has approved the release of N10 billion for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of persons affected by suspected Fulani herdsmen crisis in Benue and other states affected by the crisis.
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this while addressing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Abagana camp in Makurdi Local Government Area (LGA) and Daudu camp in Guma, LGA of Benue state on Tuesday.
Giving highlights on the issues the FG is expected to tackle, Osinbajo said, government would step up security as well as rebuild facilities destroyed by the herdsmen among others.
He also noted that farmers would be supported to commence farming activities and also provided with loans through the Anchor Borrower Scheme to improved their farming.
The Vice President stated that after Buhari’s visit, the president directed that a survey be carried out to assess the level of damage caused by the herdsmen crisis.
Osinbajo explained that after the survey, President Buhari directed that security be stepped up in the affected areas.
He said the President also directed that homes be rebuilt to ensure that farmers returned to their respective homes and ensure that the over sixteen thousand children at the camp resumed school.
While he stated that work on the various projects would commence immediately under his direct supervision, the Vice President said the FG was not doing the people of the state a favour but rather it was the responsibility of government to ensure the safety of lives and property as well as provide social amenities to its people.
The Vice President further explained that the FG would also assist traders that are not farmers who have lost their source of livelihood to start a new life.
He pledged that soon the sufferings faced by the IDPs would come to an end as they return to their homes.
Vice President Osinbajo later visited the Daudu Camp to have an on-the-spot assessment at the camp and also encourage the IDPs.
Earlier, State Governor Samuel Ortom had appealed to the FG to assist the state so the IDPs can return to their homes.
He urged the displaced persons not to be distressed, adding that all that the people of Benue needed was justice and equity.
The Governor lamented the conditions in which the IDPs had found themselves, even as he told the vice president that the IDPs were traumatised by the conditions they were living in.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Emmanuel Shior, said the total number of IDPs at Abagana camp were 34,986.
He gave a breakdown of the figures at women, 12,041; pregnant women, 492; nursing mothers, 616; men, 6,362; children, 16,583; the aged, 258 and disabled 234.
He, however, said the total number of IDPs at Daudu camp are 24,044.
Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo is expected to visited the camps in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area on Wednesday as well as those in Logo Local Government of the state.