Plateau IDPs Receive Relief Materials


BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – Victims of sectarian violence and clashes in Ryom/Barkin Ladin federal constituency in Plateau state, especially the internally displaced persons (IDPs) have received a wide range of welfare materials to cushion the discomfort they are grappling with as a result of the displacement.
The relief materials, which include over 400 bags of assorted grains, house hold items, as blankets, and food condiments were presented to the displaced persons by the member representing Ryom/Barkin Ladi federal constituency, Barrister Istifanus Gyang.
Hon Gyang said he executed the project in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to address the humanitarian challenge confronting the people who have been displaced from their homes and made to become squatters in their own land.
Hon Gyang, who appreciated the tolerable return of peace to the constituency, said it his delight to see that the entire constituency sheds off the image of “an axis of violence and bloodletting and adorn
the toga of an area of peace, happiness and stability”.
Explaining the quick frequency of staging interventionist programmes for people of the constituency, Hon Gyang said there is an obvious urgency in the situation of the people, saying by their culture they
are not used to life in environments such as the IDP camps, hence, the need to boost their comfort while squatting with their relatives and friends.
Recipients of the goodwill spread across all the areas affected by the crisis were carefully identified in every ward of the constituency, and included all ethnic groups identified and leaving within the area.
The representatives of the IDPs, who received the welfare package on behalf of the displaced persons, promised to ensure probity and fairness in disbursing the contents of the items, as they were warned
to make sure that only the displaced persons benefitted from this round of welfare.
Hon Gyang, who had earlier sponsored a health intervention programme for three days at the Barkin Ladi General Hospital, said he has carried out similar people-based projects in the educational subsector, and that he is currently constructing a 7.5 kilometre road in the constituency.

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